Svensk Kärlek

This past June when I traveled back to London by myself for about a month, I stayed at a hostel off Edgeware Road and made some of the best friends a girl could ask for.  Almost a year later, we still stay in contact weekly and constantly talk about reunions.  One of these friends of mine, Joel, is Swedish and the biggest sweetheart anyone could ask for.  After skyping with him last week, he commented how much he loved reading my posts and only wish that I would do more. So for Joel, I have decided to dedicate a post to him and write about some of my favorite Swedish fashion designers.

TENNIS SERVED:UNDERWEAR LOVED

The first designer, Björn Borg, is a man who first made his mark on the tennis courts as a professional player.  He was the number one tennis player in the world during the peak of his career.  Seen as one of the greatest players in the history of tennis, Borg was always well-known for his style and dress on court.  He was always good-looking with a head band accompanied by a wrist band on each arm.  Shockingly, in 1983, Borg announced he was retiring from the game at the extremely young age of 26!  After retirement and a nasty period of drug abuse and an overdose that was seen as attempted suicide, Björn bounced back and decided to create a fashion line.  The line which is best known for its fashionable yet quirky under garments also delves into bags, shoes, and perfume.  For me, the underwear is sexy, charismatic, and overall fun! There are many different styles while color and design are endless.

A young Bjorn Borg in 1974

PEOPLE – ENVIRONMENT – POLITICS

Founded in 1999, Camilla Norrback started designing clothes for the international female.  She creates for a wide range of women.  The company’s philosophy is created from a large passion for different types of people, the environment, and politics.  Getting her inspiration from everyday findings such as film, art,  music, and social events, Norrback has designed collections that are strong, bold, and exude an independent confident vide.  In 2010, she also came out with a men’s line with the same core values and attributes. In 2005, as a commitment to never compromise neither the quality of design nor the quality of fabrics in her garments, she coined the phrase Ecoluxury. The wearer can feel both beautiful and proud. This is the modern luxury – Ecoluxury!

Loving all things that can help save the environment while empowering women through clothing, I love Camilla Norrback’s collections because they are far from cookie cutter fashion.

Camilla Norrback

The Designer herself, Camilla Norrback.

Looking into the ideas, inspirations, and creations of foreign designers only allows us to develop as humans in our ideas, inventions, and appreciation for others.  Another favorite of mine would be Anna Holtblad.

***A favorite of my dear friend, Joel’s is Tiger of Sweden. He knows best 🙂

Joel – miss you everyday.

To my Green Man Pub friends: Australia born Brendan, Jackie, and Cameron, and Paul, Latvian dude Rauls, American Jess, and Polish Paulina….I couldn’t have asked for a better summer. See you soon…Norwegia, NASA, and Church 🙂

Joel 🙂

Sitting outside Hyde Park/Marble Arch enjoying summer drinks

Topping It Off

It seems to be a losing battle.  I am hooked on, infatuated with, and yes, I can admit it, addicted to the fashion accessory – hats! My addiction started as soon as I tried on a floppy, wide-brimmed, black, straw hat, in Parisfamous Opéra Garnier district with my mother about a year ago.  I instantly felt beautiful, elegant, and like I could conquer the streets of Paris as a true Parisian.  Was this hat my Spiderman suit and Batman mask?! While the feeling of conquering the streets of Europe faded shortly after removing my hat, my obsession remained.

Hats have been worn for more years than any of us have been alive. Made as a fashionable addition, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Kennedy, and the soon-to-be Princess of Wales herself, Kate Middleton has helped this trend.  It wasn’t until Kate Middleton stepped into the public eye sporting these fancy head pieces that consumers demanded designers make them in vogue again by putting them into their collections.  After seeing them on the runways a year ago, hats have trickled their way down the fashion cycle, accelerated and have been adopted by consumers worldwide.

Kate Middleton modeling a few of her stylish head accessories.

Hats can take a lot of courage to wear.  Because a hat will draw all attention to your face instead of say, your brown, distressed, leather riding boots, there is something to be said about a person who wears such a bold fashion accessory.  This person automatically oozes confidence, strength, and individuality not to mention they will never having a bad hair day!  Most people, I have found, don’t think they can “pull off” wearing a hat either because of the shape of their face or the fact that they believe it makes their nose, chin, or cheeks look bigger, smaller, or wider.  Just because you have a round face does not mean you can sport a hat!  You simply might need to find the type of hat that works best for your face shape.  The key to choosing the right hat is balance.  For petite faces, a knit beret won’t overpower your smaller features.  Oversized bowler hats are great for balancing a square face with its round shape.  If you have a round face, be sure to choose a hat that is wider than your face to help maintain proper proportion.  Fedoras and beanies are wearable on just about any shape.  Just be sure to look for one that is well made with a good height.  Remember to always choose a hat that reflects your personality and sense of style.  If you walk around feeling as though you look like a fool, others are going to read that on your face, especially since you’re drawing attention to it with a hat!

The Style List's best hats for your face shapes!

As I’ve said before, I love fashion pieces that are versatile and can be dressed up or down.  Some of my favorite fashion hats this year have been ones such as the wool fedora which can be worn with the more structured menswear items in your closet for winter and with a floral dress for spring and summer.  If I’m feeling classic one day, I will throw on my felt cloche hat with contrasting detail and channel my inner Greta Garbo.  For an artistic spunk, clip on a tiny top hat hair accessory with a feather.  No matter which style you choose, a hat can help create and pull your ensemble together!

As seen at Badgley Mischka Spring 2011

Admitting myself into HHA (hat hoarders anonymous) next week, I will most likely show up in my latest ribbon cloche, feeling guilty about my on-going addiction, yet stylish and chic nonetheless.  Sometimes, you simply have to let your addiction win.