• photography by SARAH ST CLAIR RENARD

    An interview with Nicole Walker

    Written by Weronika Pérez Borjas by Michaela Widergren

    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
  • Happy Socks x Snoop Dogg

    Written by Dahlia Celestina

    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. 

  • Fash Forward

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Johan Tunebjer (Holgerbags) and Johan Magnusson (Plaza Magazine) invited our co-founder, EIC and CD Michaela Myhrberg to their recently founded radio show Fash Forward to talk about paper. Is it a suicide mission to start a print magazine in 2015 or might the industry be on it’s rise? We’re sorry guys but this is only available in Swedish. And no, the show’s not sponsored by Odalisque Magazine, they just really love us. 

  • Ørgeen Optics x Asger Juel Larsen

    Written by Michaela Widergren

    Sunglass season just started and we’ve found a new favorite on the market. Danish Ørgeen Optics have been working with shades for quite some time and just released their collaboration with street wear designer Asger Juel Larsen. The design and development is happening in the heart of Copenhagen, meanwhile the eyewear is handmade in Japan. The collab is a mix of Ørgeens classic, timeless aesthetics and Asger’s more hardcore brand style. Available in stores and online now. And yes, it’s a limited edition.

  • Louise Bourgeois

    The Birth, 2007

    © The Easton Foundation / BUS 2015.

    Photography by Christopher Burke. Collection The Easton Foundation.


    Louise Bourgeois at the Moderna Museet

    Written by Michaela Widergren

    I Have been to Hell and Back

    There are some exhibitions we just sit around waiting for, this is one of them. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard so many people speak so enthusiastic about an upcoming show before. I’m talking about Louise Bourgeois – I Have Been to Hell and Back curated by Iris Müller-Westermann at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Iris (who also curated the extremely popular Hilma af Klint exhibition) has been working with the show for two years, and she tells me she got all of the pieces she wanted. The great Maman was transported from NYC, the 8 legs were dismantled and put in an open boat to Sweden and is now assembled to it’s order and gating the museum entrance.

    The exhibition consists of over 100 pieces including 47 sculptures, one cell, one painting and 54 pieces on paper and textile. There are 9 rooms, divided by architectural spider leg walls that separates the pieces into themes. Over a third of the artwork has never been shown before, which makes I Have Been to Hell and Back mandatory for any Bourgeois fans. The show opened this Saturday and will continue until the 17th of May. I deeply, deeply do recommend it.

    Louise Bourgeois N.Y.C., 1998
    © Mathias Johansson
    Louise Bourgeois
    Blue is the Color of Your Eyes, 2008
    © The Easton Foundation / BUS 2015. Foto: Christopher Burke. Courtesy Harlan & Weaver, New York.
    Louise Bourgeois
    Together, 2005
    © The Easton Foundation / BUS 2015. Foto: Christopher Burke. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Cheim & Read.

    Louise Bourgeois
    Maman (1999) vid Moderna Museets entré, januari 2015 © The Easton Foundation/BUS 2015. 

    Photography by Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet. Collection The Easton Foundation.

    Louise Bourgeois
    Seep II, 1967
    © The Easton Foundation / BUS 2015. Foto: Adam Rzepka. Collection The Easton Foundation.