Today is the launch of the second edition of Rihanna’s collab with Puma. The design is a contemporary take on the Puma classic Suede shoe and the new colours are; off white, cloud pink and peacoat blue… Limited edition of course. Get em at Caliroots or Sneakersnstuff in Stockholm.
Twelve inspiring young artists from all over the world have each created their own vision of “GIF Art ”. The exhibition shows a new way to look at Graphic Interchange Format’s that feels fresh, modern and creative.
Ana Blizzard - Mexico
Emilie Mottet - Sweden
Greta Larkins - Australia
Gustavo Torres - Argentina
Juan Herrera Prado - Argentina
Luca Mainini - Italy
Magaly Ugarte - Mexico
Paolo Cerci - Croatia
Sandra Zupanic - Sweden
Sasha Katz - Russia
Thom Rugo - USA
Tyler Spangler - USA
The exhibition will be shown from 18.11.15 thru 2.12.16 at Västermalmsgallerian (Västermalms Mall) , lower level.
I was so glad when it was announced that Anna Teurnell was going to design the SS 16 collection for Marimekko. Before this she has among many other things worked for both H&M and & Other Stories.
After the show in Stockholm I asked her som quick questions about the new collection and her thoughts around it:
RH: What was your thoughts before starting to plan the new collection?
AT: I instinctively wanted a lot of dresses! Especially twin sets, because you can vary them in so many ways. Suits for men are often very well made, and I wanted to bring the same thinking into these dresses.
One of many great tings with Marimekko is that they always produce sustainable, good quality clothes. That was something I had in mind, and wanted to keep when I designed the new collection.
RH: Any stressed moments?
AT: Actually not. My design team was really strong and experienced so I gave them a lot of freedom to create their own visions. I had a really enjoyable time making this collection.
RH: You chose to have the premiere show at Paris Fashion week this year, why?
AT: We like to vary the places we show our collections in. Earlier we have shown for example in both Tokyo and New York. This year Paris felt perfect.
RH: Is there something in the new collection that especially characterises you?
AT: That is of course hard to say but maybe the modern silhouettes. They feel really here and now. Good quality and adding something unexpected such as a bright color to the garments. ’’Corny’’ but modern. Oh, and then as I earlier mentioned the masculine touches with A lines and simple, basic silhouettes.
RH: How does it feel to work with a fashion house that has its own fabric factory so nearby, just outside of Helsinki?
AT: Luxury. We also have our offices there, and we work and design the prints directly on site. For me this is a sign of good quality to be able to go and look at the freshly made prints and discuss them directly with our fabric printer Peter Juslin. Peter has been working with Marimekko for years and he truly knows the craft. We do everything ourselves, and I see this as a great advantage and privilege.
photography by MATIAS AROS
The former F12 Terrace is getting a new look (and name) this year. Out with the old and in with the new green and luscious Público. The venue will be open six days a week and is featuring some of Stockholm’s nightlife’s most well known faces while hosting international music profiles. You can expect the cities best Margaritas in coordination with a pretty sweet view. The music will range but Público’s focus lies within international house. Summer’s up, see you there.
photography by SARAH ST CLAIR RENARD
Bread and Butter
It’s a rainy Stockholm afternoon when I knock on the door at Nicole Walker’s little studio on Södermalm. She spots me through the window and welcomes me into what she calls a chamber of creative chaos. Nicole, a stylist known from numerous editorials and collaborations with such renowned brands as Cheap Monday, Weekday, Minna Palmqvist and Carin Wester, seems eager to submerge into the world of visual ideas. And even though she is in the middle of visionary struggle, I feel like I’m entering into a parallel reality reigned by harmonic aesthetics.
Nicole Walker and Swedish singer El Perro del Mar invite you to step into their artistic bubble already on Tuesday, the 19th of May. Their project Bread and Butter will open Appartamento III- an artistic event held through three evenings at Konstnärshuset in Stockholm. This series of creative collaborations between the world of art, fashion and music, sponsored by Peroni, will take place from 19th - 21st of May.
WPB: Hi Nicole! Could you please reveal a little bit about what’s going to happen at Appartamento?
NW: The whole idea has to do with visualising El Perro del Mar’s music. I’ve followed and liked her songs for a long time and a vision about embodying them in clothes and objects gradually grew on me. When we finally met, we discovered that we had a lot in common and that my concept really goes hand in hand with the music from her newest album. We created an aesthetic that represents the coming CD and I styled for her video. The exhibition you will see at Appartamento is bringing out the parts of the video into a gallery space and inviting the viewer to take a step into El Perro del Mar’s reality.
WPB: What kind of connection do you two have in your creative process? In what ways do you complement each other?
NW: We share a lot of inspiration sources and search for similar stimuli. I think we also have another very important feature: we both constantly challenge ourselves to try something new, find out new ways of making art and boarding on projects we haven’t tried out ever before.
WPB: What was the newest and most challenging part of this project for you?
NW: I’ve worked with musicians before, but never in that dimension. One of the challenges was to coherently combine all the inspirations with integrity. We were interpreting such different references; for instance Japanese wedding costumes, Swedish folk dresses, tribal motifs or flower decoration such as in Natural Fashion by Hans Silvester. It felt really sensible, since this kind of clothing is very charged. It is intrinsically bounded by the culture from which it comes. I didn’t want my interpretation to appropriate these meanings in an abusive way. Instead I chose to think of it as a free interpretation, something that by combining different themes it became my own thing.
WPB: El Perro del Mar and you work on two different poles of art- the musical and the visual. What was your key to unite them and embody the music?
NW: We voted for an abstract visualisation, where everything has a context and a meaning, but at the same time leaves a margin for free interpretation. I personally believe that Perro’s music can touch the imagination in many ways- by her lyrics or by her way of developing ideas. She’s been inspired by different types of folk music. I focused on embodying this in my costumes. We tried to imagine a free world with no borders between countries and cultures, where you could freely take the best of all the cultures and combine it in one.
WPB: What about the title, ’’Bread and Butter’’? It sounds quite casual, but your project talks a lot about finding a perfect aesthetic.
NW: Bread and Butter is the title of Perro’s upcoming single and the song talks just about that: how we all actually need so little to live and be happy. It praises the basics, like bread and butter, in contrast with the extreme consumption we tend to live in. The main goal of the exhibition is also to raise questions about the materialism and beauty ideals. Materialism is a great part of our existence, but in our project we chose to contrast the material and the organic. We tried to come back to the basic rule of life: we are all born in the same way, no matter whether it is here or there, on the other side of the globe. This simplicity makes it so beautiful: we are all the same, yet different in so many ways.
WPB: It’s quite tricky to talk about materialism in context of work in fashion industry…
NW: Yes, I am constantly conscious of it and that is why I am trying to take a critical stand towards it. As much as I love fashion and working as a stylist, I am trying to find my own way of making a difference. I am not into consuming goods in the extreme way myself, and I am positive about changing people’s attitudes towards consumption through fashion, art or music. I am always looking forward to new way of exploring fashion and arts, like in my project Maze, where I present upcoming designers. I love weaving fashion and art together and believe that fashion is and should be a form of art. My collaboration with El Perro del Mar is a great occasion to present my personal stands about the issue.
WPB: It sounds almost a little bit political…
NW: A little bit, but we try to keep our views abstractly intertwined with the visual part. After all, what we want most is to talk through our aesthetics. That’s why we invite everyone to come into this visual reality on Tuesday!
photography by MARCUS PALMQUST
When Music and Fashion Collide
With over 35 million albums worldwide, it’s no surprise that Long Beach legend, Snoop Dogg is coming out with yet another project. Reigning as a cultural icon for over two decades, Snoop is and always will be the number one “Alpha Dogg”.
Announcing his new album week’s prior by dropping a short but sweet trailer, he left everyone in anticipation for more… The Doggfather’s new album “BUSH” has been entirely produced by friend, multiple Grammy winner and icon in the music and fashion scene, Pharrell Williams.
So, to celebrate the launch of his recent album release, Happy Socks is coming out with a whole new collaborative sock design to follow an already newly launched athletic line.
The smooth, funky vibes correlate perfectly with the new line of the already hyped up sock line. Matching the vibes perfectly with Snoop’s cool and collected Cali persona, the socks colour palette of blue, pink and green fit his newest album cover and sound to perfection.
This exclusive design will be available as a unisex product, giving every type of customer the chance to spice up their sock drawer.
You can find the collaboration at Happy Sock’s Stockholm and New York stores, as well as many other retailers worldwide.
As for the album; Spotify, iTunes, as well as local music stores carry the rap legends brand new and anticipated album.