Style with Grace Coddington, don’t miss out!

When I look at old Vogue magazines I keep admire the fantastic photos very much created by the ex Editor at the American Vogue, Grace Coddington. These photos are not only showing fashion, they all tell a story. 

Grace Coddington got famous in broader terms after the movie ‘The September Issue’. That’s when I heard about her and many with me. 

Grace Coddington was interviewed by Swedish Radio in the program Stil  (Style) a few weeks ago. The program is in both Swedish and English and you can therefore listen to it eventhough you may not speak Swedish. Don’t miss out! Stil P1 !

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Inspired by Roxy

Inspired by eyebrows. Photo by Sara Thorsson / Sagamodellen

Thick eyebrows with a good shape… this is high fashion for Swedish teenagers. 

I had the pleasure to have my best friend and her children as guests a few days ago. Her daughter Roxy, 13, is a remarkably clever young girl with strong opinions. Roxy came with pink/black hair and lots of make-up. But it wasn’t the pink hair I noticed, it was the perfect eyebrows. Roxy had nicely painted her eyebrows in a good shape. 

I know I sound old when I say it but today’s teenage girls have lots more attitude and personality than I had in her age. Already as 13 and Roxy claim her right to speak strongly about feminism and style (mostly make-up). 

Her personality reminds me of the female icon Frida Kahlo. There may not be a better role model for Roxy. She may be unknown today but certainly someone that Roxy could get inspired by in the future. At least she has eyebrows in common!

Nevertheless, Roxy’s make-up was fantastic and I am glad that she manage to experiment with such artistic moves. I hope she will continue doing so. As Frida Kahlo did.

Roxy with blue hair. Photo by Roxy.

A Vintage Divine

Vintage Divine shop in Aarhus, Denmark. Photo by Mette Marie Aaes Emery. 

In Aarhus in Denmark you’ll find a very special vintage store owned and run by Mette Marie Aaes Emery. There you will find the best quality of vintage from 1920th-1970th. You can tell that this is Mette’s passion by looking at the pictures but as an Art Conservator as well this is something she has great knowledge of.

I first discovered this treasure of vintage a couple of years ago when I noticed a Katja of Sweden dress for sale. A few days later and the dress was delivered nicely. After that I receive emails with lovely pictures of divine vintage for sale.

Mette with passion for vintage from the 1920th, 1950th and early 1970th especially. Photo by Mette Marie Aaes Emery at Vintage Divine.

Mette started to collect when she was 18 years old but needed to sell out her collection in 2009. Hence, she started a web-shop (as you do!) and of course it all went well. In 2012 she opened her first shop in Aarhus. Due to her knowledge she had the opportunity to be part of the TV-program Skattejaegerne, which obviously must have been good marketing. Today, she runs an even larger shop at Klostergade in Aarhus.

Mette loves the beautyful artcraft with feminine details that rarely are produced nowadays. She gets inspired by her own collection of magazines for example Vogue and Le Chic Parisienne.

A divine collection. Photo by Mette Marie Aaes Emery

All washing, ironing, photo shooting and running the shop Mette does herself but with some support from her mother who is an expert in wedding dresses.

Mette has sold a few Katja of Sweden dresses:
“Katja of Sweden are unique in many ways and has a fantastic quality. I especially love her graphic design.”

If you are interested in exploring more please go to the web-shop and sign up for her emails at http:www.vintage-divine.dk

Ingrid Bergman 

Actress Ingrid Bergman

In January 1949 the film producer Roberto Rossellini flew from Italy to New York City to receive the Film Critics Award for the Best Foreign Movie. He then met actress Ingrid Bergman and her husband in California. It was Ingrid Bergman who had contacted him asking him to work with her.

The meeting must have been successful as Ingrid Bergman later goes to Italy to stay for a short period of time. She falls in love with the charming Italian man and stays, leaving husband and daughter in the States. 

The designer Katja Geiger knew Ingrid as their husbands worked together. They were Swedish women determened to succeed according to their visions. They both lived in Italy at the same time and probably talked and comforted each other while their husbands struggled with the film.

Ingrid Bergman met her daughter a few years later but it must have been tough years with lot of regrets and tears. It took the American critics many years to get over but the actress was finally forgiven. 

Ingrid Bergman was a talented and successful actress. She must have been extremely brave with a strong view of what to achieve. Katja Geiger had the same willingness to achieve according to her dreams too. This is something other women can learn. You just don’t have to leave your kids behind nowadays to make your dreams come true.

Source: Ingrid Bergman A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler. 

Ayanda Nhlapo – The Next Big Thing

You have probably read about this hard working fashion designer Ayanda Nhlapo before. Now this business woman and presenter is the winner of the SA Style Awards 2016 The Next Big Thing.

We should promote young and brave fashion designers more. The South African fashion industry is rapidly changing and there are lots to get inspired by. Their fashion is brave and upcoming. Hence, following the Style Guru Ayanda Nhlapo is an inspiration. In her TV-program, Ayanda’s Fashion House, the business of fashion is being discussed and young entrepreneurs share tips and ideas of how they make it work. 

Designer Ayanda Nhlapo, Private photo