Written by Jahwanna Berglund

    Since 1837 Hermès - the contemporary artisan house, has presented fashion in a classic and timeless way that goes over decades. From the start the house has been standing strong to its founders values and craftsmanship.

    The men’s spring summer 2022 showed a fresh and consistent well designed collection by Véronique  Nichanian - the head of men’s design since 2010.
    The collection felt like a longing for tropical sunsets and those warm summer breezes at the French Riviera. The colors were poppy and playful and the shirts came in lovely pastels. 
    Not to forget to mention the very very eye-catching Birkin bag in leather and canvas and rope belts reminding you of the Mediterranean yacht life.
    The look of the show? The pink suede set that goes for both men and women and is put on the list of necessities for summer 2022.

    The show was directed by Cyril Teste who is a French award winning director most known for his filmic performances.
    Compared to the latest women's show that took us around the globe - Paris, New York and Shanghai, this men´´s show was a little more toned down and held at beautiful Mobilier National in Paris that is designed by the french architect Auguste Perret.

    Photos by FILIPPO FIOR

  • Louis Vuitton Cruise 2022

    Written by Susan Stjernberger by Jahwanna Berglund

    Nicholas Ghesquiere always walks to the beat of his own drums. And his 2022 Cruise Collection was his Marching Band in bold proud colors walking confidently straight ahead on a serene Axe Majeur, a daydream of a place just outside of Paris.

    With this collection Louis Vuitton steps into this singular geometry, from the “Ile Astronomique” to “Le Douze Colonnes” and “Le Jardin des Droits de l’Homme,” leading up to “La Passerelle,” opening as many imaginary portals to traverse the atmosphere and — why not? — touch infinity. As the reflections of the surroundings were cast on this walkway, it felt like the models were walking on water, light, wind, sand, concrete, stone, and steel, transporting us through a portal where nature, space, and time were in a constant flow. “They are the picture of harmony in an environment that is so close and yet so far away, borderless and open to adventure. One needs nothing more than the most beautiful of passports: creation. As ever, it is unlimited and free, “ says Nicholas.

    With his first look came joyful vibrant colors of red and pink followed by the loveliest Cyan blue seen in look 4 and that It green color seen in look 5, a positive beginning.
    It’s no surprise that the one red thread throughout Nicholas’s collections at Louis Vuitton are his references to space and travel. This played well into his prints and fabrics in this Utopian collection with looks 8 and 9 mixing sci-fi and everyday activities like surfing and basketball. These were followed by a beautiful metallic leopard cosmic flow in look 17. Many of the other looks had a clear marching band inspiration with the military-style uniforms as suits and high shoulders. The embellishments also had futuristic finishes in the boots, and monogrammed bags in delicious greens and colors with large round linked straps that also were shown as necklaces and details in the clothes. Even the Petite Malle bag appeared in a new version.

  • photography Agnes Strand

    Dyson-PICK UP COLORS with Sainabou Chune for Rave Review

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Odalisque's beauty editor Elva Ahlbin had a chat with freelance hairstylist Sainabou Chune / MIKAs Looks.

    E: Hi Sainabou, we have been able to join you for the photoshoot of Swedish upcycling brand Rave Review and seen your process for creating unique hair looks on the models.
    Can you tell us a little about your thought process?

    A: “We have worked with colour and texture to create simple looks with an edge. By, for example, picking up a shade in the hair or adding hair extensions, we have been able to produce very subtle details - small simple means are often enough to find that little extra.
    We have worked to preserve the everyday and mundane in each model, but tried to find a dispute for each look. ”

    E: What tools do you prefer to use when styling hair and why?
    A: “In my profession, things should go fast and smoothly and it is important to work with the right tools - that's why I use Dyson. The tools are easy to clean, work on all hair types, are ergonomic and allow me to be time efficient.
    Also - the last thing I want as a stylist is to damage someone's hair. The models we work with often sit in the chair and their hair is exposed to great stress, so Dyson is completely right to work with because they always strive for the hair to be healthy“

    E: Dyson is really at the forefront when it comes to hair tools and several hair stylists and hairdressers have switched to Dyson's hair dryers because they weigh a little and are very effective and gentle on the hair.
    You also have other favorites from Dyson I understand?

    A: “I really like their cordless straightener! I can easily take it with me on sets to fix hair without tripping over wires or being dependent on electricity. ”E: It really is a pure dream! Thank you for this chat Sainabou.

  • The Botanical Garden in Uppsala

    Written by Anna Backman by Fashion Tales

    In the ever changing world of fashion, is there anything as timeless as a baroque garden? They never go out or style, or out of season. At least not in The Botanical Garden in Uppsala, where the spruce topiary and the box hedges stand to attention even after the heaviest snowfall. How did Olof Rudbeck, when he drew the plan of the garden in the late 17th century, know that it would yield gorgeous pictures from a drone four centuries later?

    Once a royal palace garden, The Botanical Garden moved to its present site at the turn of the 19th century, when it had outgrown Carl Linnaeus’ research facility across the river. The move was endorsed by the art loving King Gustav III. His taste is reflected in the peculiar but stunningly beautiful Linneanum building, first drawn by Olof Tempelman and improved by Louis Jean Desprez. It is a strictly classical building whose sunken arches lend a Pompeijan touch, a temple of Flora, inaugurated in 1807 at the centenary of the birth of Linnaeus.

    Linneanum houses one of the oldest orangeries still in use. This is where spring comes first in Uppsala, a Mediterranean haven where almonds blossom early. It is the home of some of the world’s oldest potted plants, three bay trees from Linnaeus’ time. In spring the plants are moved to the courtyard, framing events such as the Music in the Garden concert series. The orangery then turns into a popular venue for wedding receptions run by Cajsas Kök.

    If you take the time to explore you can trace the garden’s history through its growth rings. The box hedges hide treasures such as the rose and peony quarters. Beside the shadowy colonnades of trees reminiscent of the leafy avenues where high society would promenade centuries ago, young lime trees wait for their first trim. The conifer grove provides a Gothic contrast, conjuring the image of students dreaming up romantic poetry in its shadows. Today’s students prefer the lawns, where they lay on blankets reading or have fika with friends. Evenings and weekends, the garden fills up with people practicing yoga, playing boule, or just enjoying the greenery. Artists such as Elton John, Tom Jones, and ZZ Top have played here.

    The Botanical Garden is a living museum with more than 7,000 species from all over the world, many of them cultivated in the new section across the road where the homely potager contrasts the rough rocks of the Scandinavian alpine plants. The Tropical Greenhouse is where locals go to get an infusion of chlorophyll in the rainforest section, or to marvel at the elusive giant water lily which only blossoms at night in summer. Outside, by the magnolias and lilacs, the Triller family offers food and fika made from locally sourced produce at Café Victoria.

    The Botanical Garden has kept its style over the centuries, its growth rings have merged into a harmonious entity. The major change is accessibility. Once a reserve for the elite, it is now open for everybody all year round, Uppsala’s front room where many memories are made.


    Written by Qim Claesson

    Cast of the Campaign

    Musician Arca, Poet Caleb Femi, Caroline Deroche Pasquier, Dancer Ellen van Schuylenburch, Musician Kenzie, Musician & Actress, Little Simz, Actor Malachi Kirby, Artist Mark Leckey, Director Melina Matsoukas, Musician Neneh Cherry, Musician Nubya Garcia, Skater Oumi Janta, Dancer Roberto Bolle, Sarah Gresty, Musician Skepta, Musician Slowthai, Artist Sue Webster, Musician Tricky, Musician Tyson McVey, Actress Valeria Golino, Venetia Scott, Anna Ewers, Anok Yai, Hyunji Shin, Janick Baumann, Jonas Gloer, Kerolyn Soares, Malick Bodian, Nora Svenson, Ruben Moriera

    Bottega Veneta

  • UNIQLO Active Club Returns

    Written by Qim Claesson

    In connection to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer, UNIQLO Active Club returns with yet a series of digital training sessions hosted by Swedish Olympic and Paralympic athletes together with four local profiles.

    June 3, 2021, Stockholm, Sweden - UNIQLO, the Japanese global retailer, today announces the return of UNIQLO Active Club, a series of digital training sessions hosted by athletes from UNIQLO TEAM SWEDEN. For the second instalment of UNIQLO Active Club four local profiles, music artist Oscar Zia, TV-personality Hanna Persson, influencer Maya Nilsen and music artist Leslie Tay have taken on the challenge to train together with the athletes.

    Earlier this Spring, UNIQLO launched UNIQLO Active Club, a series of digital training sessions with the purpose to give Swedes the opportunity to stay active together with the very elite of Swedish athletes. Just in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer UNIQLO Active Club is re-emerging and will feature 12 new exclusive digital training videos. Each video is approximately 1-7 minutes long and intends to make training as easy and accessible as possible, yet rewarding.

    Athletes face challenges on a daily basis. It’s their job to stay focused and to improve their performance. This past year has been a trial for the Swedish Olympic and Paralympic athletes, yet they have persisted. It’s with a great honour that UNIQLO plays a part in their journey to Tokyo and provide their official clothing to make them perform at their very best. With UNIQLO Active Club we hope to channel the athlete spirit and inspire consumers all over Sweden to work out and achieve something together, says Nikolina Johnston, COO UNIQLO Scandinavia.

    UNIQLO is proud to provide the official clothing to the Swedish Olympic and Paralympic teams and to celebrate, all athletes and local brand ambassadors will be wearing the official uniforms together with UNIQLO+, newly launched replica wear in the training sessions. Both the official uniforms and UNIQLO+ are available to buy in UNIQLO and at uniqlo.com/se now.

    I’ve been a bit sedentary during Spring so I have accepted this challenge to work out six minutes a day until the Olympics in July. Today I will kick off this challenge together with canoe professional Linnea who will actually compete in Tokyo in just a few weeks. Hope you are ready to sweat at home’, says Oscar Zia, music artist.

    UNIQLO Active Club has given me the great honor of training with a professional live. And I have also given myself a challenge to train 6 minutes every day until the Olympics in July’, says Hanna Persson, TV Personality.

    The training videos are free, available for all and will be released every week from June 3rd until September.
Training programs and release schedule for UNIQLO Active Club:
    Paddle Power by Linnea Stensils – Canoeist (Olympian) and Oscar Zia (Music artist)
3rd of June – Fun and challenging workout from head to toe
    Smashing Strength by Mattias Falck – Table tennis (Olympian) and Hanna Persson (TV Personality)
10th of June – Short and effective strength workout with focus on legs and upper body
    Fighting Fun by Agnes Alexiusson – Boxer (Olympian) and Leslie Tay (Music artist)
17th of June– A quick and intense full body training inspired by boxing
    Swim Practice by Lina Watz – Swimming (Paralympian) and Maya Nilsen (Creative)
24th of June – A movement and mobility session to increase focus and stability
    Jump Up by Linnea Stensils – Canoeist (Olympian)
1st of July – A powerful jumping challenge to increase intensity   

Head to Toe by Mattias Falck – Table tennis (Olympian) 
8th of July – A full body workout routine for your everyday challenge
    Workout for Champions by Agnes Alexiusson – Boxer (Olympian) 
15th of July – Muscle and strengths for your whole body
    Flex and Stretch by Lina Watz – Swimming (Paralympian) 
22nd of July – Core and Flexibility Workout to Strengthen Your Body
    Short and Sweaty by Linnea Stensils – Canoeist (Olympian)
12th of August – A full bodyworkout with cardio and strength-training exercises
    Everyday Exercise by Mattias Falck – Table tennis (Olympian) 
19th of August – Strength session for your upper body and core
    Quick Combos by Agnes Alexiusson – Boxer (Olympian) 
26th of August – This workout focuses on intense explosiveness and power
    Push and Pull by Lina Watz – Swimming (Paralympian) 
2nd of September – Functional movement and stability
    Local Profiles:

    Oscar Zia
    Oscar Zia is a charismatic entertainer that has charmed his way into the heart of every Swede. He is a singer, songwriter, radio host, tv host, actor, model and only 24 years old. With summer around the corner Oscar is turning up the heat with the UNIQLO Active Club. 
    Leslie Tay
    Multitalented music artist, producer and songwriter Leslie Tay has taken R&B in Swedish to new levels this past decade. Once an aspiring football player he has turned to professional boxer Agnes Alexiusson and the UNIQLO Active club for a new physical challenge. 
    Maya Nilsen
    Maya Nilsen is a contemporary creative with an exquisite fashion sense. Catch her working her magic on Youtube, Instagram or in the latest glossy magazine. Or catch her working up a sweat with the UNIQLO Active Club. Exercise always gets her creative mind going. 
    Hanna Persson
    Hanna Persson’s humor, loveable personality and sound opinions has earned her a spot as a popular writer, tv host, podcast host, blogger and influencer. She has inspired a young generation. Now she looks to table tennis pro Mattias Falck for some workout motivation.
In 2019 UNIQLO became Sweden’s main Olympic and Paralympic partner. Little did they know of the challenges to come due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As both camps took the precautionary measures needed to face a new reality the Olympic games were rightfully postponed and now planned for summer 2021. During this time the friendship has continued without slowing down. In July 2020, UNIQLO, SOC and SPC announced UNIQLO TEAM SWEDEN, the official UNIQLO athlete