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April 24 2014

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2 posts tagged "Carin Rodebjer"

Optical Illusions: Liselotte Watkins For Rodebjer

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Liselotte Watkins may be best known for the expressive fashion illustrations she pens for Elle, Vogue, and The New Yorker. But, struck by the holiday spirit, the Swedish artist has teamed up with close pal and frequent collaborator Carin Rodebjer (founder of the Stockholm-based womenswear label of the same name) to create a limited-edition, graphic tromp l’oeil scarf. “It’s always very gratifying to make prints,” says Watkins. “I love printed media and working with magazines. But with clothing prints, you need to add another dimension to the drawings.” Watkins created the accessory’s requisite “depth” by sketching a wide-eyed femme wearing a graphic color-blocked scarf over her shoulders, which flows into the shape of the actual silk scarf Watkins has designed for Rodebjer. The result is a vibrant, surreal accoutrement that its creators note can double as a framed work of art. “I like the meta feeling of it,” Watkins says.

Rodebjer’s Lisolette Watkins scarf is available at www.rodebjer.com

Photo: Liselotte Watkins

She and Herr: Rodebjer’s Mood Film

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“Sometimes I want to communicate a mood or mental state quietly, without the actual garments,” says Carin Rodebjer, explaining her collaboration with director Mattias Montero on an art film, Herr Rodebjer, that premieres exclusively on Style.com. Montero, who’s currently shooting with Snoop Dogg, has worked with fellow Swede Lykke Li and is responsible for Bat for Lashes’ acclaimed “What’s a Girl to Do” music video.

Herr Rodebjer is the first of a series of collaborations the Swedish designer plans to roll out seasonally on her two-month-old Web site. “I pick people I relate to,” says Rodebjer, who is known for the kind of hip sportswear that makes Stockholm girls look effortlessly chic. Why, then, a men’s movie (herr is Swedish for mister) for a womenswear designer? Attribute that to artistic freedom—and the fact that Rodebjer will slowly add menswear as a category over the coming seasons. The film received the Public Prize at the A Shaded View on Fashion Film festival in Paris. Pas mal, mister.