People should not have to react to this, but they do.

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Lamija – one unique piece at a time

Stockholm Fashion Week debutant Lamija Suljevic won the audience’s heart with painstakingly detailed embroidery combined with skillful laser cuts. The collection was personal, but it also made us think of something worldly; something vaguely relatable to Versace and Prada. The artisanship involved in this level of decorative fashion is more than impressive – and reminds us once and for all that made to measure, hand-made clothes are really what defines luxury in this trade.

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Beckmans College of Design – creativity beyond norms

Beckmans Fashion Collaboration 2015 is a project where some of Sweden’s most well-known fashion brands; Whyred, Filippa K, Carin Wester, House of Dagmar, Our Legacy, Cheap Monday and Örjan Andersson; join forces with students at Beckmans College of Design. The students are to find inspiration from the designers and interpret the label; but also add their own voices as designers. It’s always fun to watch, as the creativity levels are high (we’re pretty sure the established tutoring designers are often inspired by the students’ interpretations of their brands; or at least, they should be). Except for creativity and craftmanship, we appreciated the diverse casting of the show. This edition of Stockholm Fashion Week has been a disappointment in opting for greater diversity amongst the models, with only a few exceptions.

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Diana Orving – hightlighting a paradox

Diana Orving’s presentation reminded us once again that casting models beyond the agencies’ “new faces” sections often adds dimensions. In this instance, the models gave life to the clothes and to the show as a whole. Diana herself commented the paradox in highlighting her choice of models when Make it last interviewed her recently, and it’s a point worth repeating: “In one way it is sad that you have to mention my choice of models. My intention is not to make a statement or to talk about it. People should not have to react to this, but they do. I guess that it confirms which type of bodies and looks that normally get to represent conventional beauty.”

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Stockholm Fashion Week has come to an end. The third and last day was short but sweet – two foundations for a fairer, more sustainable fashion future was put into focus. With artisanship and diversity in mind, we say au revoir, see you next time Stockholm Fashion Week! 


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