• photography Mattias Edwall
    fashion Jahwanna Berglund
    makeup Johanna Norlander
    hair Khaddy Gassama / Swedish Hair Mafia


    total look Chanel
    earrings Cartier

    Hedda Stiernstedt

    Written by Valeria Bartocci by Sandra Myhrberg

    Hedda Stiernstedt is more than an actor, she is a star! She acts from the heart and that is something we as watchers can strongly feel. With her successful tv show ”Vår tid är nu '' Hedda is in a place she fantasied about many days of her early career.

    Hedda has since she can remember wanted to be an actor but not always did she know if acting wanted her. It took her time, travel, and courage to see that her dream could be real. When she and acting finally found each other she knew she had found her heart and soul perfectly matching, finally, she was home.

    Who is your big inspiration in life?
    My biggest source of inspiration comes from actors who I believe feel some kind of ”total freedom” towards their profession. Harriet Andersson is someone I watch to gain that inspiration to find dedication to my life, both mentally and physically for my profession.

    Who is your favorite actor?
    I have a few that I have loved over the years, one of them is Harriet Anderson who is an old Swedish actress. She has that total freedom that I am inspired by. Ben Mendelsohn is also an actor I have adored for many years. Lately, I have become attached to Florence Pugh due to her soft obedience, she has an incredibly genuine feeling that I am drawn to.
    Another new favorite is Eliza Scanlen who has been in Sharp Objects and Babyteeth. I loved her acting in Babyteeth, I found it almost a little strange. Her charisma of being able to follow the emotions and convey them in the raw freeway as she does in the movie.

    During the panademic what has motivated you to keep moving forward?
    I have found it difficult to stay motivated, but I have tried not to be too hard on myself. To allow oneself the small pleasures one can get, such as being able to play video games if I have felt like it. This time has been burdensome and punishing, but one thing I have found inspiration in is that people have been helping each other out and being more caring for others. It has made me realize that we as a “community” must stick together through this time.
    I also indulge in writing, I have been trying to find desire in my profession and life. This is the first time I have been able to ask myself the question “what do I want to do” as it is common in acting that I ask “what job would you want to give me” and then I have to adapt.
    I feel that I want to take a stand on what I can offer in a role and not what the role can offer me.
    Now I am deciding which is my next step forward from where I stand.

    When did you realize that what you're calling was to shine in front of the camera?
    The first time I tested acting seriously. I had been given the role and I found myself in the world I had been drawn to for a long time. I felt like for the first time I was the right person in the right place.
    I had never felt that I was right with what I was doing, everything was temporary. I looked in the wrong places and was always scared to invest in my passion for acting.
    But finally, we found each other and it felt more right than ever.

    How do you practice your dialogues?
    I read what the scene is about, but I have to say that I am bad at rehearsing lines. For me, it's about the feeling that I want to express in that scene. I do not come from the theater where the lines are everything, but  for me, the feeling is more important than knowing the exact words.
    Now, however, I have worked with a series where the language is made up. In such situations, I usually rehearse by recording the lines and walking while I repeat out loud to myself.

    Do you ever get nervous in front of the camera, how do you handle it?
    I'm nervous about every scene I play, but I like that feeling.
    It gives me something to not be one hundred percent comfortable as I listen more to my partner in the scene. For me, it's about taking in the feeling from the opponent and being caught in the feeling we have together.

    What is your trick for unwinding from a busy day of filming?
    I love to do puzzles. I have always found it difficult to unwind and find a way to occupy my whole brain. Puzzles give me the relaxation that reaches all of me.
    Otherwise, it could be playing Candy Crush and watching movies at the same time.

    What's the funniest character you've ever played?
    I have had the most fun playing Doris in the Jönsson league. I loved the humor that embraced the whole time we were shooting and the comedy within the character.
    I found it incredibly fun to be a part of that experience as it was my first humor film and character I played.

    That feeling has been most difficult for you to portray in front of the camera?
    Playing angry is the feeling that I find most difficult as I find that feeling farthest from developing at a certain time. Anger for me is only instinct and reaction, it does not exist as a raven's memory. I practice at home on how to quickly find anger and be able to quickly express it in the act.
    It is also rare that I am angry at my opponent, in some cases I can force them to make me angry just to capture the feeling.

    Which person have you been most “starstruck” by meeting?
    When I met Håkan Hällström in Cannes at the Swedish Film Institute's 50th anniversary party.


    5 quick:

    Hidden talents?
    I played the accordion for 4 years.

    Favorite garment?
    I love my track suit from H20 Fagerholt which I currently live in.
    But one of my all-time favorites is my jacket from Viktoria Chan that I can have for any occasion.

    What are you most grateful for right now?
    I feel incredibly grateful that I have a job right now considering what the world looks like.

    What makes you happy?
    I consider my job to be number one on the list. Then comes things like good food and people I love. Combining these two also makes me extra happy.

    What is your favorite music to dance to?
    When I am in need of little extra love, then I have Britney Spears.

    top Ganni
    trousers BLK DNM
    bracelet Cartier
    coat Moncler
    earrings Cartier
    total look Versace / Nordiska Kompaniet
    earrings Maria Nilsdotter
    dress Versace
    earrings Charlott Vasberg
    total look Chanel
    total look Chanel
    earrings Cartier
  • photography Marcus Askelöf / Acne photography
    fashion Eilidh Greig
    jacket Blank Atelier
    choker Ebon Li
    earrings Avidue


    Written by Fashion Tales

    Today, the 28th of MAY, 2021 R&B singer, songwriter and producer NYAROL is breaking the silence after years off the grid and outside of the industry. She is independently releasing her debut single ‘MMM’. NYAROL has been a songwriter for many years and has been active in her home country Sweden, but also overseas in the United States.

    ’I’ve always called my music nostalgic, classic RnB. But now I aim to kind of experiment with the format that is a song, ambiance and also just try to rebuild and reshape the classic idea I have around songwriting. But most of all I just can’t stay away from making music, it’s just too big of a part of me.’’

    When did you realize that music was for you and how did it happen?
    I was around 5 when my mom put me in a choir at church and I think I realized then that I could sing and express myself through melodies and song that way. As I got older, I would write songs in my room and eventually go off to study music in school. Once I graduated I’ve worked on my process, creating and spent most of my time exploring what’s true to me and who I am in this moment. 

    What is your strength as a woman in the industry you work in and how do you handle the macho culture that comes with the genre?  
    I’m still working on how I fit in and what I want to share with the world but I’ve come to trust myself and my decisions more over time and the space I hold with my voice as a black woman in this business. I more or less see the outside world as secondary to whatever Im doing and I keep incredible people around me who are like minded that have amazing ideas that do it for the love of music. 

    What was your inspiration for the new music that you are releasing?
    It's written from a place of missing someone and being in a long-distance relationship, I’ve had my fair share of it. This past year and a half forced me, and the rest of the world to spend time away from our loved ones and I wanted to make a song about what this weird time has been like. 

    Which singer would you dream to collaborate with, dead or alive?
    New Edition.

    What is your dream project?
    I am still working on it <3.

    shirt Adnym Atelier
    suit Adnym Atelier
    jewellery Avidue
    top Marni
    leather trousers Adnym Atelier
    jewellery Avidue
    top & pants Hope
    jewellery Avidue
    jacket & pants Blank Atelier
    choker Ebon Li
    earrings Avidue
    jacket BLK DNM
    trousers Blank Atelier
    sandals ATP
    rings Avidue
    leather coat Stand Studio
    t-shirt Calvin Klein Jeans
    trousers Arket
    jewellery Avidue
    photography Marcus Askelöf / Acne Photography
    fashion Eilidh Greig
    makeup Elva Ahlbin
    hair Khaddy Gassama / Swedish Hair Mafia
    talent Nyarol
    post production Moa Liverstam
    dress BITE Studios
    shoes Vagabond
  • photography Sandra Myhrberg

    special thanks to Boutique Två Tre Gånger

    all clothing throughout the story archive and vintage 

    top Victoria Beckham

    scarf Hermès

    earrings Christian Dior 

    Ani Connor - The One to Watch

    Written by Philip Warkander by Fashion Tales

    Restrictions have defined the way we live and plan our lives. We have been instructed to isolate ourselves at home, keeping the distance between us and the ones we love and normally share our lives with. It has been impossible to make plans, because who knows when this will have passed and things are back to normal? Who even knows what “normal” is anymore, after almost a year in semi-quarantine?

    Ani Connor witnessed first-hand the shutdown of an entire creative industry in response to COVID-19. Not only were artists unable to perform in front of live audiences but also the people working behind and around the stage were severely affected. She decided to take action and created Lockdown Live. This allowed performances to be streamed online and thus connecting artists with audiences and ensuring a paid position for people in the music industry, even with the restrictions for gatherings and events in place: “For me, being an artist means to be generous, it is about sharing creativity with people around me. To be an artist is to be of service to others.”

    All in all, it's been a busy year for Connor who, led by her creativity, found ways not only to survive but to thrive. Other than Lockdown Live, she created and funded her own charity live stream for a women’s shelter in Sweden, released her single and music video “Until Next Time”, began a design collab with Studio WMS, initiated and lead a live-streamed concert in Berlin with one of the world’s biggest fashion retailers and in the midst of all this,  Connor also recorded her debut EP to be released later this year.

    When asked how she managed  to create all of this during a time when others shut down, she smiles;
    “It is never only me. I may create the initiative of something, but I am always supported by family, friends, and colleagues. All my projects are the result of collaboration in one form or the other. The meetings between an idea and action.  My coming EP is a perfect example of a meeting. In this case between me and musician extraordinaire, Hosiannah, who together with an army of beautiful individuals will work this piece with me.  Ani Connors new single “My Brain”, releasing end of May, is another example of her ways of finding creative collabs with the goal of creating synergies and win-win situations. In this case, she has initiated a creative collaboration with Deadwood – a forward-thinking leather focused fashion brand that uses recycled leather to produce its vintage collection. “Self-made is never alone. Trust me.  Music, or society even, will never survive or thrive through the restrictions given to us if we act as if we are alone.”

    The pandemic has changed not only the music industry but also the world of fashion, a world well familiar to Connor who for a great part grew up in the industry. Fashion is an inherently social phenomenon, a means of wordless communication. For many, being isolated from other people has made them less interested in dressing up, even neglecting to change clothes or taking care of oneself on a basic level:
    “I have been fortunate to have strong, loving, and intelligent women as my role models, both in my mother, grandmother, and sisters. Amongst many things, I was taught to wake up and be ready to face the world, to do good, not only to others but also to myself.
    The importance to be present in the moment both when waking up and going to sleep. To give thanks for missions accomplished and adventures ahead.
    For me, this is a sort of self-care, it’s about being kind to myself, of making sure that my body – which is the vessel that carries me until it is no longer – is at ease and relaxed. Sometimes when I’ve worked really intensely, I realize that I have forgotten to take care of myself, and those are the times when it is particularly important to take a step back, to allow oneself a moment of rest.”

    “I do try to see the change in everything as an opportunity to be creative, including the way we dress. Comfort has always been important to me and probably more so during times like these where we are more freed from conceptions on how we “should” be mixing materials and moods. I don’t shop often, but when I do it’s most likely at H&M, who I find are often faster than most in offering both essentials along with interesting collabs, that I often combine with vintage design pieces. For this shoot most pieces are from “Boutique Två Tre Gånger”, a small vintage shop in Stockholm who are responsible for most of my wardrobe along with brands like Acne, Avance or Byredo who I feel are daring and brave not only in design but also in terms of creativity and communication.”

    For many creative minds, inspiration comes in waves. No one really knows where creative impulses come from, or how long they will linger if not nurtured. In many ways, creativity is like the sea; sometimes completely still, at other times in full storm and impossible to navigate securely. Can creativity be tamed, or does it have an agency and will of its own, independent of the humans that express it? And, how does this translate to the planning of creative work on a daily basis?
    “I value my time. ‘Time’ is really just another word for ‘life’, and I know that if I want to achieve the goals that I have set for myself in life, it is necessary that I spend my time wisely. I’m grateful and humble for the opportunities that I have been granted, but I also take pride in my accomplishments. That’s also why I strive to be present in the moment; I regularly take a step back, examine the situation I’m in and ask myself if this is what I really want to be doing. Does my day look like I want it to, or have I allowed myself to be side-tracked? If so, what can I do to get back to what I actually want to be doing with my time? I think it is important to ensure space for creativity to flourish and be expressed, otherwise it might turn into bitterness and resentment.”

    Cultural expressions such as music, literature, art, and fashion play a pivotal role during a crisis. When faced with an external threat, we need to find comfort and take shelter in human expressions that have the capacity to unify and bring us together.
    “I love being creative, it gives me so much energy to be making music and I don’t really separate work from free time – my family are often present backstage when I perform, my colleges and musicians are my friends, but it is also very hard work and it is important to remember to keep the balance between work and rest. Stress is the most stupid illness you can give yourself.”

    Listening to Ani Connor’s music as always sang with her deeply personal and instantly recognizable voice, one might (at least temporarily) forget the dreariness of life during a pandemic. When faced with uncertainty, it is more important than ever to live in the now and to value every fleeting moment. However, it is also essential that this spiritual approach to life is balanced with critical thinking or, as Connor adds when explaining her philosophy:
    “I like sentences that begin with ‘what if’. We shouldn’t take anything for granted, we should never stop asking questions, even uncomfortable ones that might lead to difficult answers about how we spend our time and what we do with our lives. Question everything”.

    top Dries Van Noten

    t-shirt  Acne Studios

    bracelett Yves Saint Laurent 

    earring, ring & necklace Chanel 

    coat Dorothee Schumacher
    sweater House of Dagmar

    t-shirt Calvin Klein

    dress Adrianna Papell

    t-shirt Miroslav Livaja

    track pants Adidas

    shoes Balenciaga

    scarf Hermès

    earring Chanel

    scarf Yves Saint Laurent
    dress Max Co
    jacket Adidas
    shoes Jeremy Scott for Adidas

    jacket Fila

    dress Dolce & Gabbana
    shoes Gucci
    bag Chanel