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Heard this week that the first successful limb transplant recipient can put his arm above his head, which got us thinking of joining the waiting list for an extra few legs (with feet on the ends, obviously). That’s about the only way we imagine getting through the catalogue of covetable shoes for next spring/summer, shown at the recent northern European fashion weeks. We’re reckoning Minimarket’s fierce black platform-wedge ankle boots at the front, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair’s violet-y wedges up back, and EnD’s lifeboat-like cobalt ankle huggers in the centre. We’d also order an extra-long pair of pins and throw on Minimarket’s blue suede brogues (with the season’s skew towards seriously swollen soles, wouldn’t want to be lopsided or anything).
It happens every season. By the time we’ve got our hands on the second cut of the ‘it’ thing we procrastinated over six-and-a-half minutes too long, fashion forums fill with posts asking if it’s still okay to wear. You can bet your bottom 500-dollars-plus-tax it’s not. That’s why we were so thrilled to witness the inauguration of this year’s Rookies & Players victor at Stockholm Fashion Week. Two-year-old Swedish label Patouf presents timeless design, infused with French couture and femininity rarely seen in these androgynous times. Designer Anna Angseryd beat co-nominees Matilda Wendelboe and Farzan Esfahani to join an elite Rookie pack including uber-label Dagmar. We loved Designgalleriet’s Rookies guerilla store, but we’re waiting to shop at Patouf’s boutique because, for once, time is not of the essence.
Full-time jobs are soooo 2007. This tank by model-slash-designer-slash-blogger Ida Pyk captures Gen Y’s attitude to what our parents called ‘a career’. Paris-based Pyk added ’designer’ to her CV this week in Stockholm, where she launched a small line of tops, including a version hitting back at accusations of anorexia in her catwalk hey day, and some sporting the faces of Osama Bin Laden, and Nicolas Sarkozy. We’re not keen on trivialising terrorism, or eating disorders. But Pyk says she aims to provoke. Consider us agitated.
View the look book featuring Ida as model here. The range is now available at PUB of Stockholm, and selected smaller retailers. Tanks around 500SEK.
Hey from Stockholm! After a fraught 24 hours threatening the hotel owner, we’re finally back online (not that we’ve had much time to sit down since we arrived in this magnificent, water-flanked city). As we’re waiting on PR pics from the first night’s show by Swedish label Saga Lova, let’s move on to the show at the Mode Center (above), where countless brands are showcased in adjacent glass booths for buyers to peruse and editors to pull. Chocolate cake to the power of 1,000,000. Especially the CCDK showroom, where we got to play with the Karen by Simonsen ss10 collection. Lust!
Alas, we’re not so inspired by the four key themes presented, which dredged up last summer’s most overdone trends – ombre, fringing and prairie frocks. Still, Australia does tend to be a season ahead due to the seasonal upside-down, upside-down ness, so we’re hoping that explains it. We can’t bear to think that the Scandinavians aren’t the sartorial seers we imagine.
As promised, you can now read our Copenhagen trend report, which reflects the ss10 trends as seen in Berlin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Because we just can’t get enough of Scandinavian style, Fashion Platz is crossing the archipelago to Stockholm’s ‘other’ fashion week. From Wednesday to Sunday we’ll be popping into showrooms, pretending we speak Swedish at cocktails (so Sven, which ikea tv cabinet do you have?), and catching a couple of shows (we’re particularly keen on Camilla Wellton). We’re also praying to find a pair of platform wedge boots like Acne’s, within our pauper’s budget. Thankfully our hotel has free wi-fi (it would want to at the price), so we’ll keep you posted daily, as usual. Speak soon x