Written by Fashion Tales

    Converse and JW Anderson exist at opposite ends of the fashion spectrum. The space between JW Anderson’s forward-thinking design pushing high fashion’s boundaries, and the iconic, made-for-everyone sneaker creates the driving force behind this collaboration. Together, the brands celebrate the collaboration through the lens of youth culture pioneer, Larry Clark. The creative effort explores the provocative, daring space of opposing ideas and complementary ideals.

    The first drop from the highly anticipated Converse x JW Anderson collaboration, “Glitter_Gutter,” hits stores on December 14. The unisex collection intentionally dances across the lines of what’s traditionally considered masculine and feminine through bold colors, glam glitter and elevated details across classic Converse styles.

    Glitter_Gutter stemmed from the idea of breaking iconic silhouettes with something unexpected,” says designer Jonathan Anderson. “Taking the glitter out of context and wearing it with a pair of washed chinos, for example.”

    To create this tension, where past and future meet, Anderson brought pop art contrast, vintage-inspired details and unexpected materials – along with his personal love for Converse – to the collection’s three attention-getting silhouettes. Here’s what he had to say about his approach to each icon.

    This is a universal icon item that everybody should have. They’re part of my daily uniform. I will wear them until they fall apart!” – on the Chuck ’70

    As a key piece of Anderson’s personal look, it was only fitting that the Chuck ’70 became the core silhouette in Glitter_Gutter. The deliberate nuance and refined features of the Chuck ’70 allowed for designs that are at once feminine and masculine. “I wanted to make sure the shoe felt modern, but underline its timeless features,” added Anderson. 

    It’s another functionality than the Chuck, and it’s very easy to wear.” – on the Thunderbolt

    Anderson jumped at the chance to remaster this heritage running sneaker for the streets. The blocked body was the perfect place to playfully experiment with unique color combinations and proportions.

  • New Black x Göran Kling

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Göran Kling and New Black have both been described as pioneers within their segment of expertise. They both share the opinion that development within the fashion and jewelry industry is evolving when we dare to question the way of doing and allow ourselves to create from new perspectives. Göran Kling and New Black are now collaborating in a new collection under the name: PEACE

    “I’ve always been a fan of New Blacks design. It is rooted in the street culture and community, always with a clear care for the consumer. I find them both sympathetic and modern. Therefore, I was truly happy when New Black asked me if I was interested to collaborate, says Göran Kling about the collaboration.”

    Göran Kling is well known for his handmade jewelry that could be characterized as pieces of a genuine craft with high quality and a playful design. Göran’s jewelry has been spotted on some of the world’s hottest and most talked about artists right now.

    New Black’s core is in the Göteborg underground street culture where it was founded by Andreas Undén and Elias Gillberg. New Black has right from the start wanted to challenge the street culture in clothing in Sweden and can today be described as one of the world’s most thrilling street wear brands to watch.

    “We decided quite early on that we wanted to start the working process from a signature symbol with a clear message and landed in the Peace-sign that is always current and important. Probably even more important than ever today, fall of 2017. Not only is the sign a constant reminder of how we can all be better, but it also rimes well with Göran’s idiom combined with New Black’s esthetics. We often find lots of inspiration from the 90’s hip-hop culture where the Peace sign is iconic, says founder Elias about the New Blacks PEACE-collection.”

    The limited PEACE-collection contains of clothing and jewelry in a true co-create spirit. You can find the collection at C-Store, caliroots.com, New Black Store, newblack.se and APLACE.

  • Let's Talk with Jimmy Neda

    Written by Jimmy Neda

    Hairstylist, hair expert and entrepreneur, Corinne Henriksson, the brainchild behind Corinne & Friends, has a newly launched an inspiring website; Corinne.World. She invites us to her world of everything hair; styling, care, trends, accessories and more. During her lovely breakfast launch at Stockholm's exclusive restauruant Grand Escalier in Östermalm, I sat down and had a nice chat with Henriksson. 

    What´s Corinne.World?
    Corinne.World is an inspiring place for anyone interested in hairstyling and trends. I feel Sweden is missing this kind of site; where as a reader you can find customized content for your own specific hair type. The site is a digital atelier for everything new, educating and inspiring on hair. Hopefully the site will be a remedy for all your bad hair days!

    You live in Portugal now, would you say that there is a difference between Swedish women and Portuguese women and how they approach hair/styling?
    It’s quite the same! I live in Estoril, a little bit outside of Lisbon. There I see a clear classic conservative style if I compare with Stockholm, I would compare that with the look we see a lot in Östermalm, proper blow-dries and well-groomed hair. In Lisbon, it is still quite conservative but it’s mixed with an incredibly creative, colorful style. Lisbon is really flourishing right now, it's a very inspiring environment.

    What’s your own hair routine in the morning?
    In most cases, I usually spend quite a lot of time on my hair, even though I prefer an unfixed look. I work a lot from home when I´m not in sweden, since I have my office in our home in Portugal, I often use my own leather bands from my hair accessories line to get my hair out of my face. I'm very selective about what products I use in my hair and notice an incredibly big difference between good or bad products. I prefer products that are not too heavy, but only provide texture, such as dry shampoo, volumizing, leave-in products, moisturizing products, light and dry hairsprays, etc.

    What’s the secret behind your success as a hairdresser/stylist?
    Difficult question, it’s a mixture of different things, but I’m convinced that the strongest reasons are my entrepreneurial way of working and my fearless approach to new opportunities which have taken me to where I am today. It’s important to have a strong vision, patience and to never give up, these factors are a must to succeed. I have always dreamed big and have always taken the all in approach to everything i do.

    What hair trends do you see happening this season (AW18)?
    We see a lot of the short bob, it feels very fresh, feminine and updated after the latest years of almost only long hair. I wish I had the courage to cut short myself. Hair accessories is a big trend right now, everything from headbands, bows and hair bands to more jewelry looks. Bangs are also big this fall. And for those who dare, the bright color trend with which you can play with contrasts of different strong colors. The wet look is also a strong look, great for a night out but, can be a little bit difficult to adapt in a everyday look.

    Visit Corinne.World for hairspo ideas and don’t miss her amazing hair accessories at http://corinnehairaccessories.tictail.com/

  • M.i.h Jeans / Denim A - Z Project

    Written by Meghan Scott

    Pimping your jeans is here to stay. Today, M.i.h Jeans brings to life their world of denim and the spirit of the brand with the launch of the Denim A – Z. The Denim A – Z Project captures with every letter, the words and values that make us who we are. Choose letters or word(s) that means something to you. A creative collaboration with stylist, Celestine Cooney -  creative consultant and stylist based between london and New York - together with a cast of London-based creatives. Shot by photographer Alice Neale, she shows her fashion via realism approach to the project and captures the fun and irreverence of a day spent in a London park with eight creative women. The cast are a group of cool, creative girls led by Lili Sumner, who brings her attitude, quirkiness and sense of fun to the shoot. The rest of the cast are all local London girls; Poet, Lily Ashley, Model & Artist, Marina Ontanaya, Artist, Louise Oates, Photographer, Tegan Williams, Model, Melanie Smith-Torres, Artist & Designer, Tiger Chadwick and Jewellery Designer, Gala Colivet Dennison.

    The girls have co-created with M.i.h by customising their favourite pieces with words and messaging. From our London shoot, Marina Ontanaya and Lily Ashley have personalized their denim with words and messaging to bring to life what they stand for.

    An addition of global creaitives have joined the project; Australian stylist Chloe Hill, Norwegian buyer & stylist, Annabel Rosendahl and German editor, Stella von Senger and last but not least Stockholm's own Swedish, fashion editor & stylist, Hilda Sandstrom

    The Denim A – Z capsule of personalized pieces will be available to buy as ‘Made to Order’ styles on mih jeans.com and farfetch.com from 1 November 2017.

    The existing M.i.h Jeans Custom Denim Service will be re-launched alongside the capsule with new season styles and updated personalization options. Denim girls can choose to have their initials embroidered on the front or back pockets of their jeans as well as more quirky placements such as one initial on each knee. 

    Expressing our brand and everything we stand for through a Denim A to Z felt playful and creative. The project offered the perfect mix of collaboration and co-creation with our favourite creatives as well as continuing to offer our customers the opportunity to personalize their denim and create unique products.” - Founder and chief creative officer, Chloe Lonsdale.

    M.i.h Jeans is the London girl’s denim brand. At the centre of the brand’s ethos is a drive to capture the spirit of denim culture rooted in their 70s style heritage; an inclusive, non-conformist, free-spirited attitude called blue-jean spirit. Under the direction of Chloe Lonsdale, daughter of London’s Jean Machine founder and ‘Blue Jean King’, Tony Lonsdale, and goddaughter of the original owner of Made in Heaven jeans, M.i.h Jeans draws inspiration from its vintage archives, Chloe’s childhood surrounded by denim, and her youth spent immersed in the street culture of London. With an attitude and authority built on five decades of denim experience, the London-based label is known for its cult jeans and confident, lo-fi ready-to-wear - a uniform for the modern girl.

    I caught up with Stockholm's Hilda Sandström and asked her a few questions about her contribution to the collaboration:

    What made you choose to have Mom & Dad on one of your custom jeans?
    Since they're the best! I actually wanted to write my initials from the beginning but that wouldn't work that well for everyone so instead I wanted to add my favorites on my pants. Like a tattoo, without getting hurt.

    Could you tell me a little story behind your decicion for the left/right jeans?
    I was super happy when they asked me to do this creative collaboration but also a bit terrified since I'm the worst on writing captions (prioritizing emojis on Instagram). Afraid of writing something to cheesy I went for these words.. For days when you're confused and don't know which side is left or right ;)

    Which M.i.h jeans style that is your favourite, if you have others than the styles you have for your your customs?
    I love my black Lou Jean. Perfect fit and extremely comfortable.

    Tricking out your jeans is being seen more and more these days, do you think we'll see much more of this next spring/summer?
    I definitely think we'll se more logos and embroideries. Love it since it's a cool and personal detail!

    out all the styles and get your faves here

  • Acne Studios SS18

    Written by Linnea Tjörnevik

    As expected, Acne Studios presented an original collection with some interesting point of views in their SS18 collection at Paris Fashion Week. Founder and Creative Director, Jonny Johansson explain that the vantage point of the collection is his own feeling of always feeling a bit apart from the system. “An outsider way of being”. 

    This was manifested at the presentation by a translucent shower curtain surrounding the catwalk as the first models came down. Creating a feeling of being an outside observer looking in. 

    The collection is a mix of colors, like out of a bowl of sugar pastel pastilles. A lot of details such as fringes, sparkly sequins, silky satins and starch treated jersey fabric gave the garments a lacquered finish. Every look had their own story and main theme.

    Silhouettes were shifting from oversized suits and jackets to more slimmed crochet beach dresses, all with a conceptual vintage vibe. After the show, Jonny summed up the collection with the words “Thrift shop on acid”.  Spontaneous pieces mish-mashed for the fun of it. 

    Altogether the collection breathes Miami Vice with a 70's silhouettes twist meets a Diner Girl in a Saturday Night Fever scene, all fused together in a somewhat cohesive look based on separates.