Easy breezy and effortlessly edgy looks took the runway at Stockholm Fashion Week
August 26 through August 28, Stockholm took the fashion world by storm with around thirty designers debuting their Spring/Summer 2014 collections in three jam packed days. This year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Stockholm kicked off the season with some of our favourite designers, like House of Dagmar and Hunkydory to name a few.
House of Dagmar, created by three sisters Kristina Tjader, Karin Soderlind and Sofia Wallenstam, paid tribute to their Swedish cultural heritage with an incredible collection, inspired by a day in the life of their country’s capital capitol. The collection worked a restrained monochrome palette and here at Your Coffee Break, we couldn’t get enough of the beautiful garments.
The show started in airy whites, sharp creams, blushing nudes; as the metaphorical day moved to night the colours merged to inky blacks, midnight blues, and shimmering grays. Playing with shape and proportion using swathes of gossamer light fabric that billowed like ephemeral clouds in the model’s wake, the three sisters put together an impressive show. The airy softness of artful draped fabric was punctuated with wide obi belts, sporty lines and razor sharp tailoring.
As the collection turned nocturnal the clothes toughen up; leather details, chainmail like knits and sporty leather jackets symbolised the danger and excitement of the night. Innovative layering of chiffon coats over leather skirts and tailored trousers created a contemporary effect, however each piece in the collection is infinitely wearable; what House of Dagmar do so deftly is to make clothes that are simultaneously interesting and understated. To round off the show, House of Dagmar treated the audience to pure indulgence in the form of nude bedtime inspired eveningwear: a blush two-piece suit and a halterneck gown ended the show with subtle aplomb.
Hunkydory took to the runway with their signature bohemian silhouettes and effortless glamour. The label share a similar aesthetic with Isabel Marant; skinny leather trousers, lightweight kaftan tops and oversized jackets are signature looks of both designers. Like their French counterpart, Hunkydory knows its target audience intimately; she’s the effortlessly cool, bohemian/rock’n’roll girl who has the kind of allure that is impossible to manufacture – Kate Moss and Emmanuelle Alt spring to mind.
Motor cross leather trousers were styled with embellished tunics, bikini tops, sheer blouses and vibrant berry hued shorts. In keeping with the cool-girl aesthetic, the looks were paired with simple flat sandals. Exuberant feather jackets and luxuriously OTT gilets injected a shot of flamboyance into the paired back, nonchalant collection.
What Hunkydory may lack in innovation, the label makes up for in reliable chic. The clothes are easy breezy, relaxed and engender irresistible desirability. Here at Your Coffee Break, we predict that Kate Moss will be sporting Hunkydory leather trousers and oversized gilet any day now; where Kate goes the in-crowd will inevitably follow.