What went down at Stockholm Fashion Week
It’s no secrets that the Swedish know what they’re doing when it comes to style (keep in mind IKEA, H&M and Alexander Skarsgard all hail from this fair Nordic land), so it’s no surprise that Stockholm Fashion Week delivered an exciting chapter in the unfolding book that is the SS14 Fashion Week season. The three-day event showcased the latest collections ranging from veteran designers to the graduating collections of students from Sweden’s premier fashion schools. All collections offered the fashion world a platter of designs that captured something both uniquely Swedish and universally accessible, and made the team at Backyard Opera even more excited about the best time of the year for fashion lovers. Here I’ve picked my favourite pieces from my favourite Swedish collections.
Perhaps the most iconic Swedish name in Australia, Cheap Monday channelled inspiration from the 90’s in their street-style themed Spring/Summer collection. The collection was separated into three major themes, which the designers referred to as ‘Exaggerated Silhouette’, ‘Fragmented Ego’ and ‘Buffalo Riot’. These three themes featured fat stripes, tribal prints and of course Cheap Monday’s definitive experimentation with denim. Cheap Monday’s eclectic collection further solidified the brands growing reputation as the ‘go-to’ for denim wear and the benchmark for global street-style.
Back is perhaps the most internationally recognised high-fashion name to emerge from Sweden in recent years, and looking at the sleek silhouettes, geometric shapes and tulle net pieces of their latest collection, it’s easy to understand why. Developed in 2005 by iconic designer Ann-Sofie Back as a work-wear based sideline to her original label, Back’s latest collection features heavy fabrics, a colour scheme that balances the monochromatic and the vibrant and checked flannel with gold trimmings, and proves why it is the only brand (aside from ACNE, of course) to be featured on style.com.
Bea Szenfeld delivered undoubtedly the most interesting show of the entire event. It was the designers first time Stockholm Fashion Week and the collection revealed her theatrical history, with elaborate costumed designs that looked like something out of an Alice in Wonderland themed parallel universe. The brilliant white structured architectural pieces featured a variety of animal influences and accompanied nude leotards and white knee-high gladiator sandals. Having worked in collaboration with legends such as Stella McCartney and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as having had Bjork wear her designs on many occasions, there’s no doubt the young designer has a bright future.