April 20 2014

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6 posts tagged "Solve Sundsbo"

Hirst and McQueen Put Their Skulls Together


McQueen x Hirst

Hirst x McqueenOn November 15, Alexander McQueen will unveil a thirty-piece limited-edition collaboration with the artist Damien Hirst. The subject of the project? The brand’s most recognizable asset: the skull scarf.

The linkage between the house and Hirst celebrates the accessory’s ten-year anniversary–it first appeared on McQueen’s Spring ’03 runway. Blending the house’s signature cranium with Hirst’s Entomology series (think: Morpho butterflies, lunar moths, and scarabs), the results are kaleidoscopic in aesthetic yet elegant in tone. And the wares will look just as smart around the neck as they might behind framed glass. To accompany the launch, Sølve Sundsbø shot a short film that combines models draped in the silk scarves, a gritty ambiance, and harrowing piano to romantic effect. Catch the film’s debut below, exclusively on

Starting at $515, the Alexander McQueen x Damien Hirst scarves will be available at Alexander McQueen stores worldwide and at

Photos: Courtesy of Alexander McQueen

What’s Old is New Again


A Mikael Jansson-lensed photograph that appeared in Stockholm New in 2000

Stockholm New was launched by Claes Britton and his wife, Christina, back in 1992. During its ten-year—and twelve-issue—run, the magazine became a cult sensation, showcasing the best in Swedish culture and design—fashion and otherwise. “We set it up as a marketing vehicle for the first fashion agency in Stockholm,” said Claes, who currently runs creative agency Britton Britton with Christina. “And then it evolved into a magazine about the creative scene of Stockholm.” Boasting that crisp, raw, eerily pristine Swedish aesthetic that we’ve been obsessed with of late, the magazine showcased the work of such Scandinavian photographers as Sølve Sundsbø, Mikael Jansson, and John Akehurst (not to mention the decidedly un-Swedish Mario Testino), and clothes the likes of Acne Studios, Ann-Sofie Back, and Sandra Backlund. “We never looked at other magazines for inspiration,” offered Claes. “And we never played according to the rules of the fashion industry—we had our own slower pulse, we were a bit more poetic, and a bit more complex. It really came from our own tradition, and I think that original code was appreciated.”

The publication folded in 2002, but tonight, in Stockholm, the co-EICs are launching a book that combines the greatest hits from Stockholm New’s original issues, as well as new images and new fashion talents—Claes and Christina made sure to include a few up-and-coming fashion students. “Sweden really has amazing budding fashion talent,” Claes told “The problem, though, is that the market here is so small. They really have to go abroad. But it was fun to show all these creatives.”

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered—And Stamped With A McQueen, Too


“Stylish” might not be a word typically associated with postage stamps, but the new set from Britain’s Royal Mail celebrating post-war British fashion is just that. Sølve Sundsbø shot models wearing looks by English legends like Ossie Clark, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Nutter, and Alexander McQueen, their faces obscured in the same style he used for the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition catalog.

Photos: Sølve Sundsbø

Rihanna’s New Music Video Under Speculation, Alessandra Ambrosio Is Pregnant, Oscar De La Renta Makes Beats, And More…


Over Christmas, Rihanna released her new video for her single, “You Da One.” Now, “observers have noticed” the black polka dots projecting on her nude bodysuit look “remarkably similar to one of fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø’s old-fashioned shoots for Numero 93.” [Grazia Daily]

Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio is pregnant with her second child. The Brazilian model told the New York Daily News losing baby weight isn’t difficult, though: “I only do yoga once a week or so.” [Huff Po]

“Never put a difficult woman next to a difficult man, and definitely never put a difficult man next to another difficult man,” says Pablo Ganguli of his seating-chart rules. Ganguli, the “impresario behind cultural-events agency Liberatum” and put on the Istanbul-based festival Istancool this year, talked to about “the secrets of hosting the world’s artistic elite.” [Nowness]

Earmuffs and headphones, all in one? Yes, thanks to a new collaboration from Oscar de la Renta and Beats you can keep your ears warm with fox fur and listen to music at the same time. [T]

Flower Power


There’s been an explosion of florals and flower prints on the runways, and you can trust that if a trend is in the offing, Nick Knight will not be far behind. Case in point: The latest exhibition at SHOWStudio’s Mayfair gallery, Florist, which opens tomorrow. The Web site-cum-gallery project is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, and Knight decided a few bouquets would be a fitting anniversary gift. “Of course there is no better birthday gift than flowers,” he told “When you think about it, so many fashion photographers were quite taken by flowers—Irving Penn, Robert Mapplethorpe and Baron Adolph de Meyer all trained their lenses on blossoms as a bit of a hobby. I’m not going to say that it is cleansing or anything, but….”

Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto, Lady Amanda Harlech, Guy Bourdin, and Sølve Sundsbø (whose work is pictured) are a few of the celebrants to craft a floral gift—in any shape—to contribute. (Those shapes have taken the form of photos, dresses, head pieces and one-off objets d’art.) During the week, designers like Mary Katrantzou and Stephen Jones will also create pieces live, to be broadcast in real time from the Bruton Street studios. Knight has also snared the likes of John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Hussein Chalayan, and Kate Moss to create their own interpretation of flowers, all to come during the winter-long exhibit.

No doubt a decade in the business is a thing worth celebrating—we’ve just finished doing the same ourselves, in fact. And Knight’s highlight of the past ten years? “Definitely, the SHOWstudio’s work in fashion films, which is still rather uncharted territory,” he said. “It’s an amazing knowing that every day there is something to create, something waiting to be invented. It’s a feeling that makes me want to jump out of bed every morning.”

Photo: Sølve Sundsbø/Courtesy of SHOWStudio