Day two of Fashion Week Stockholm started off with Filippa K, one of Sweden’s fastest-growing fashion brands, mostly known for its minimal and timeless wardrobe essentials. For Spring 2016, the brand channeled a laid-back Los Angeles mood, but this wasn’t the hippie-dippie-by-way-of-the-Canyon mood seen on other catwalks. Instead, the label looked to the lives of the Left Coast’s wealthy art collectors, interpreted through the show’s Malibu-esque Bonniers Konsthall setting. Classic Cali staples like wide-leg trousers and short leather jackets were interpreted in light hues and layered inventively with tanks over button-ups and tunics covering trousers.
Later in the day, Filippa K also presented a menswear collection that echoed the relaxed nature of its women’s showing, but left L.A. in favor of the world. The theme of “understated utility” played out in a covetable parka-backpack combo and multiple hidden pockets on the designer’s slim shirts and jackets, though this was a collection that you might want to touch and feel rather than to watch pass by on a runway to fully experience the brand’s TK materials like laminated paper-thin jackets, cashmere, organic cotton, and crisp poplin.
At Carin Wester, the designer found inspiration in the relaxed atmosphere of the seaside, which she interpreted literally—see the vast use of navy and sailor rope as belts—and abstractly through feminine elements and the use of satin and golden details. The structured knits and oversize silhouettes pushed the mood into posh island vacation territory, though the layered knits and satin dresses would work for city life, too.
Then came Cheap Monday, whose Spring 2016 collection was a trip of a different kind. Large mushrooms were placed on the runway, and the collection, titled “Nuclear Psychedelia,” consisted of exaggerated shapes and acid-destroyed clothes in earthy and radioactive-green shades. Postapocalyptic? Maybe a little, but this was an after-Earth scene with really good jeans.
Tuesday night did not stop there, either. There was an unusual excitement in the humid Stockholm air for the week’s most-buzzed-about fete, the legendary NYNY Party, hosted by Tommy Saleh, Saurabh Sinha, Adam Katz Sinding, and Lill Lindqvist at the member’s bar Bernie’s at Nosh and Chow. A massive line of people wanting to get into Bernie’s, and the star-dazzled guest list might have been why: Actress and Louis Vuitton face Alicia Vikander was among the evening’s revelers. An elevator took a handful of selected guests to the secret fourth floor presented by Hyde’s Spectacles with the clear message that what happens on the secret floor stays on the secret floor. This party proves that while Scandinavian style might be minimalistic, when it comes to grand parties, Stockholm knows how to max it out.
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