Emma Elwin

Notes from a Swedish stylist


Fantastic Four: Let There Be Light

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by Emma Elwin on 26 January, 2019

For the past few weeks, the darkness has been very overwhelming, and I’ve felt this urge to surround myself with light. So, here are four things that inspire me in these dark times:

1. What better way to protect your wooden table than with white crystals coasters. I’m hoping to find similar ones to these on a flee market this spring.

2. My favourite brand Bite Studios‘ spring collection gives me hope. The collection is focused on timeless design, detail and craftsmanship; underpinned by aesthetics that are timeless and understated. Also, Bite Studios only use fabrics made with natural, non-harmful dying processes and treatments.

3. The lamp of my dreams! I’ve been thinking of this lamp since I saw it in October, and couldn’t stop myself from ordering it…

4. Like I wrote a while back, my mission right now is to cover my walls with work by female artists to level up my daily intake of girl power. This painting by Swedish artist Siri Derkert is one that I would love to decorate my study with.


A couple of weeks ago we visited Artipelag for the ‘Margiela, the Hermès Years’ exhibit. This is what I learned: Between 1997 and 2003, Martin Margiela was employed by Jean-Louis Dumas, then CEO of Hermès, to lead the work of the French fashion house’s ready-to-wear collections for women. The collaboration proved to be one of fashion’s most exciting, and is now presented in this exhibition.

Martin Margiela started his own fashion house Maison Martin Margiela in 1988. The mysterious designer soon appeared to be the actual antithesis of a classic celebrity designer.

Comfort, timelessness, sensuality, and authenticity are keywords that characterize Margiela’s vision of the Hermès woman.

Some thought that the collaboration between Margiela and Hermès was unexpected, but Margiela proved to be a masterful interpreter of the Hermès DNA. His starting point was the natural and confident woman, rather than the eternal ideal of the world of fashion. Margiela dressed the models in genuine materials, with the classic sewing art to articulate the individual style. The result became an exciting hybrid between Margiela’s iconoclasm and Hermès’ timeless quality.

My favorite part of the exhibit was the remake garments; this sweater is made of knitted socks and the top is made from gloves. 

The ‘Margiela, the Hermès Years’ exhibition was created in 2017 by curator Kaat Debo and Martin Margiela of MoMu (fashion museum Antwerp). Creations from Martin Margiela’s own brand are presented in dialogue with the work he performed for Hermès. The exhibition includes more than one hundred outfits, photographs and short films in a context where Hermès’ typical color orange interacts with Maison Martin Margiela’s white. In this way, the creative process that seamlessly navigates between the two fashion houses and their respective identities is explained.

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It is a nearsighted, tired, sick-of-the-world kind of person writing these words. I thought that 2018 would be a year of change, and sure, in a way it has been. But has it been for the better?

At this point I have stopped all my news intake, deleted all apps, I just can’t read more bad news about how Brazil is destroying the rainforest, or about Trump’s madness – it’s just too much. I feel like, right now, I’d need a cocoon protecting me to even get out of bed each morning.

I cried so much watching this speech by Greta Thunberg, and asked myself: has it come to this? A child needs to skip school and speak the truth because the people that are responsible are not. How stupid are grownups? We only have ten years to change, ten years.

The past years I have become a vegetarian, traveled as little as possible by plain, and changed to buy most of my interior and garments second hand. It hasn’t been hard or less inspiring to change my habits – quite the opposite. But I still feel like I NEED to do more. I need to make sure that my son has a future where he can look back and be proud of the world we left him. For 2019 I wish that we would all wake up and realize how serious this crisis is and stop making excuses. Get informed, stay open-minded and make a change.

Most of us have more than we need, and some say that having fewer things makes room for more happiness. I hope that 2019 is the year that we give more than we take.


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