In a series of short films shot at the recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Stockholm, British magazine Dazed & Confused captures the essence of three Swedish designers and their collections.
During the recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Stockholm, Dazed came to Sweden to seek out the most interesting designers. They discovered three collections that stood out in the schedule; Back by Ann-Sofie Back, AltewaiSaome, and Erik Bjerkesjo. In three short films, Dazed present each of the designers through interviews and behind the scenes footage, capturing the essence of the designer and their collection.
Re-working elements from her previous mainline collections, Ann-Sofie Back had created a spontaneous and rebellious show for her Back line. Striving for a ‘senile chic’ look, she paired sportswear inspired elastic waistbands with elegant draping, raw denim, and leather skirts. Balancing somewhere between the beautiful and the ugly, Ann-Sofie Back presents a fashion that is innovative, interesting, and edgy, yet highly wearable.
With a background in Italy’s most prestigious ateliers, Swedish designers Natalia Altewai and Randa Saome launched their brand AltewaiSaome in 2009. With a sharply tailored, structural aesthetics, they present an exciting and eclectic mix of Scandinavian simplicity and international high fashion. For SS14 they showed a sophisticated and feminine collection, with sleek silhouettes in a muted palette of black, white, and navy.
– This collection is more mature, the two designers explain to Dazed. We tried to show a stronger woman, that is sexy, elegant, and very confident.
Hailing from the small Swedish island of Gotland, Erik Bjerkesjo earned his master’s degree in Advanced Footwear Design at the well-reputed Italian fashion school Polimoda. He began his career by creating a line of exquisite and elegant shoes, entirely made by hand together with Tuscan craftsmen. Earlier this year he was selected as the winner of Pitti Immagine Uomo’s Who Is On Next, and in January he showed his first full menswear collection at Pittie Uomo. In August he made his second debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Stockholm, showing his much celebrated collection for SS14. Erik Bjerkesjo’s talent lies in his ability to combine elegant and innovative design with a postmodern craftsmanship and a close attention to details.
– If you have new ideas and people are inspired by it, then you stay alive a little bit longer, Erik says in the Dazed video.
Read Dazed’s own thoughts on the shows, and see more of their fashion week videos here.
Photo by Pauline Suzor and videos by Dazed & Confused
By Sonja Nettelbladt