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Stockholm Fashion Week Comes To A Close

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Throughout Stockholm fashion week, blogger Columbine Smille will report back on the best and brightest shows. To view our complete coverage click here.

Day 3:
The final day of Stockholm fashion week began with AltewaiSaome, a young label designed by Natalia Altewai and Randa Saome. For Fall, the pair was inspired by a trip to New York and showed a luxe take on streetwear. Featuring embellished dresses, emerald-green hooded silk jackets, and relaxed silhouettes, their wearable urban collection had an easy, sporty tone.

J.Lindeberg’s Fall ’13 (above) was all about traditional tailoring with a modern twist. Inspired by the Stockholm City Library, the men’s collection was filled with well-cut suits and coats, as well as a few splashes of color and playful prints. For women, the brand (which is sold in more than thirty-five countries worldwide) offered sophisticated separates in black, navy, and olive.

Over at Diana Orving, there were earth tones, metallics and flowerlike sheer organza appliqués. A few dresses were shown in a script print, which the designer wrote in her own hand, but the long lace dress paired with a transparent off-the-shoulder cardigan was the highlight of the show.

Tiger of Sweden—which some have come to call the Burberry Prorsum of Stockholm—closed fashion week with a standout show (a show that, it should be noted, included model Kirstin Liljegren, pictured above). Tweed coats and caps were mixed with color-blocked silky looks in black, deep purple, and neon. The outerwear, however, was the crowd favorite—a big fuzzy fur coat made front-rowers look twice.

Stockholm fashion week may be finished, but the Swedes still have two more local brands to look forward to: Acne Studios will be showing in Paris this season (they formerly showed in London), and Rodebjer has recently started presenting their collection in New York. Indeed, we’re excited to see what they’ll bring to the international fashion stage.

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The Crowning Moments Of Stockholm Fashion Week

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What a difference a few months make. It was only February this year that the original Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapace, opened Stockholm fashion week on a cold winter’s morning. This time around, it was none other than Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, who kicked off the Spring ’13 proceedings (as for the temperature on this summer’s morning, it felt only disputably higher)—it was an unexpected, stark contrast to the past season, indeed.

The first show of the season was couture by Dior and Lanvin alumnus Fadi el Khoury. From an elegant, pristine white trouser suit with a tame peplum to intricately detailed lace gowns, these were clothes perfect for a modern princess. It wasn’t until Stylein that we saw a collection word-perfect to what the Scandi-less among us think represents Scandinavian cool. Designed by Elin Nyström, these were easy separates in lemon, gray, and a small floral print, to bulk-buy and rely on. But if it’s the must-watch name you’re looking for, a safe bet could be placed with Altewaisaome, by designers Natalia Altewai and Randa Saome. They showed cocoon jackets, origami pleated skirts, and white wedges (all of which might be inspired by the Fall runways at Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, and Céline), but there was more than enough here to warrant keeping tabs on them as they develop their line.
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Dragon Tattoo Leaves Its Mark On Stockholm Fashion Week

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It was Stockholm’s unlikely style icon Lisbeth Salander, or rather the first actress to bring her to life in the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film series, Noomi Rapace (pictured), who kicked off the city’s fashion week Monday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Rapace attended shows throughout the week, and on Tuesday night, at the just-opened Burberry store, she told us she had just come from the Dagmar show, where Salander was cited as an inspiration (the modernist artist Sigrid Hjerten was the other) for the collection. The three Dagmar sisters are known for their knitwear, but this show brought their label to a new level. For every sweater in a deep plum, there were long silk dresses with high slits secured by zips, and right after the cream chunky Aran knit came a top and track-style pants in a black velvet devoré animal print that made everyone lean forward for a closer look. It appeared again on a dress and alongside the lace-effect knit patterns on a couple of short dresses at the end—Dagmar was the highlight of the day, if not the week. More than one editor placed a personal order after the show—we overheard one of them saying, “I want to be a Dagmar girl” at the end of the presentation.

The rest of the week flew by, perhaps a sign that when casual cool is your brand’s DNA, a full-on show may be a stretch. Then again, you could drive everyone to a hangar space outside the city and show bras on top of cutoff tees (à la Cheap Monday) or throw balloons, confetti, and winking models high-fiving each other on the runway (like Odd Molly), but perhaps that’s not advisable without a heavy dose of Meadham Kirchhoff irony. Jewelry designer Maria Nilsdotter put on a small presentation at the Story hotel for her Swedish folk tale-inspired collection of silver pieces with spikes, and Ida Sjöstedt showed her hand-stitched gowns in the Clock Suite of the Berns Hotel. These more intimate spaces turned out some of the most promising offerings. With that, Stockholm fashion week closed Wednesday night, as temperatures dropped to -13 degrees C (8 degrees F), just in time for everyone to hop over to Copenhagen to begin a new round of shows.

Photo: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

From The Catwalk To The Dot-Com, The New Faces (Maybe) Of “Young Hollywood,” Accessorizing McQ, And More…

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Get ready for a whole new modus operandi for shopping, courtesy of a new fashion Web site: Moda Operandi. Founded by Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo and entrepreneur Aslaug Magnusdottir, the site will allow shoppers to preorder pieces directly from the runway—which means, the founders hope, more editorial and experimental pieces reaching consumers’ hands. Thakoon, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, and Giambattista Valli are all among the designers who’ve pledged to make select pieces available for orders on the site within 48 hours of their runway shows. [WSJ]

Hollywood newcomer Rooney Mara is the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but there’s some dispute over where she’ll be flaunting it. Mara is said to have been first choice for an upcoming Vanity Fair cover, but disputes over who would shoot it have shunted her to W. Meanwhile, VF is busy picking stars for its upcoming “Young Hollywood” cover. Nothing’s confirmed, but Natalie Portman (left), James Franco, Ryan Reynolds, Rashida Jones, and Paula Patton have all been mentioned, as has Noomi Rapace, the Swedish actress who starred in the original film version of Dragon Tattoo. [WWD]

Whither the new, expanded McQ collection? According to designer Pina Ferlisi, bags, shoes, and jewelry, as well as limited runs on select items. “There’s a lot of disposable fashion around, and McQ will certainly not feel like that—it will be precious,” she told British Vogue. [Vogue U.K.]

What does it take to move a thousand sweaters? If you’re an online retailer, like Shopbop, Bluefly, or Gilt, the perfect model. The Times explores the phenomenon of the new class of online supers, so recognized for their repeat bookings at sample sale and e-tail Web sites that they get called out in public. Cindy, Naomi, Kate: Meet “the Redhead” (and buy a scarf online, while you’re at it.) [NYT]

And just in case you were curious: Conan O’Brien loves jeggings. “When I see women on the lot here walking around wearing jeggings, I just do a back flip,” he told Tim Gunn on his show. [Styleite]

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