Having looked through this years Fashion Week Street Style Trends, we have selected our top 5 looks to get you through this winter.
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As September comes to an end, we cant help but look back on the strong line of designers featured at this seasons LFW. Ever wanted to recreate these looks within your own wardrobe? Read more on how you can slay this Autumn with your favourite pieces from Nordic Poetry as we look into our favourite collections of the year.
Some of you will be heading back to school. So why not shop Nordic Poetry Vintage for a few fresh looks and have the whole class green with envy.
What is there not to love about 93 year old Grand Dame of Fashion and certifiable ‘It Girl’, Iris Apfel? In London town to premier the new documentary on her life, Iris, directed by the legendary Albert Maysles, the renowned and fabulous fashion icon, a lover of the brightest colours and boldest accessories, shares her life and fashion philosophies.
Fashion Designer, collaborative Artist, and also a French Marquis, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has a vibrant career that has spanned 45 years, and continues to soar to new heights each year! He pioneered the bold cross between Fashion and Art, and as such, his idiosyncratic and innovative creations are a fun mix of bright colours and pop culture references, occasionally feature toys and always have a sense of humour. He has been inspired by and collaborated with many renowned artists over the span of his career, and has been exhibited in countless galleries and museums across the world, such as the V+A in London and the Fashion Museum of Paris.
Our Nordic Crush of the month is on super-babe Gala Gonzalez, of Amlul.com fame! The Spanish-born, London based fashion blogger, DJ, designer, model, stylist and all round it-girl has our hearts a-flutter with her effortlessly cool style, which we think is very on-point with our own Nordic aesthetic! When not roaming the streets of Shoreditch, the Spanish beauty travels the world representing and collaborating with brands such as Superga, YSL, Cartier, Ellie Saab and Mango; regularly sits front-row at major fashion shows, and gets snapped by the street style papz – her constantly changing, yet always classic looks providing inspiration for the fashionable all around the world.
With wimbledon fever gripping London, we are reminded of the coolness factor of the simple, understated tennis skirt – the perfect answer to your summer wardrobe woes. A timeless item to have in your closest, the classic tennis skirt has made it’s way from practical court-side get-up to mainstream fashion culture.
It’s that wonderful time of year again, when party-goers descend upon their Glastonbury’s, Isle of Wight’s and Secret Garden Parties in full festival spirit. Each year, we take our festival fashion cues from the Queens of Coachella and Glastonbury; Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, Florence Welsh, Gigi Hadid, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Hudgens! Whether you’re going for whimsical 1970’s boho vibes with fringed suede, a flowy top and elaborate flower crown, or your look is a little more grunge, a-la Kate Moss and her leather trousers, circa 2008 Glastonbury – Nordic Poetry have got all the goods to have you kitted out in style.
After it’s well educed coma, we’ve successfully revived the 70’s. We welcome back suede skirts, denim dresses, cotton crop tops, flared jeans, platform shoes, loose fitting Indian summer dresses. London is definitely excited for this summer’s reunion.
Many names flew about during the “Swinging Sixties”, however one name proved predominant over all others, Raymond ‘Ossie’ Clark. Ossie was a young fashion designer that made his mark with his elegant and feminine gowns. He considered women to be goddesses and his ability to capture the beauty of a woman’s silhouette within the realm of fashion put him in great demand. Manolo Blahnik had once said “He created an incredible magic with the body and achieved what fashion should do – produce desire”
Vice Magazine features Nordic Poetry. Been a while since we’ve blogged at Nordic Poetry, but we’re back on it. The Shop at Boxpark Unit 11 is going very well…thanks for asking. It’s given us a lot to think about, and now with our new spring collection just to about to be launched at www.nordicpoetry.com, we’re pleased to have had some of carefully chosen cloths featured in this months VICE magazine, pick up a copy, it’s not half a bad read neither!
At Nordic Poetry, occasionally…just occasionally believe the Monday post party weekend malaise requires medicating. So what better response than to head out to Dalston’s Birthdays and go get HEALTH. For those that have know idea what I’m talking about, then let me introduce you to ‘Health’, a four-piece project led by Jacob Duzsik. A band that originated from the L.A art space ‘The smell’, producing clangorous primal guitar, against tribal drumming, raw synth and tripped out melancholic vocals.
This month one of the fashion spheres top bloggers from New York, Luanna (or Le Happy), did a piece on her new Nordic Poetry clothing, featuring some ultra cute daisy dungarees and one of our stonewashed Levi’s denim jackets . Luanna’s style blog has become an internet sensation, even with her own t-shirt at Topshop. We asked her a few questions so we could try and get a few fashion tips!
Basketball jerseys are the new retro fashion statement. Ultra 90’s and hitting all the sports trend buttons, basketball jerseys are the easiest and coolest item for summer. Due to the length of these jerseys, it means that girls can wear them as dresses for summer, or with some denim cut offs. For guys it’s a simple and laid back look which can be also be worn year round, just team with jeans or shorts!
The 90’s is having a huge fashion revival at the moment, and one of the biggest trends which can be seen at the moment is high waisted jeans. They can be both flattering and completely the opposite if not styled correctly and you are in dangerous territory of looking frumpy or like your mum in her gardening jeans. The easiest, and most flattering, way of styling them is have them tight at the hips, but not so tight at the waist that they are cutting in and creating an unflattering silhoutte. High waisted jeans are actually quite comfortable, but only once you find the one, the one pair that fits you like a glove and moves with you. Some pairs cut in all the wrong places and can be extremely uncomfortable if they have to be worn higher!
So. Its gonna be a good summer for fashion….overall. Sorry i had to get that out the way but utility fashion is set to be mega this spring/summer 2013 especially dungarees and its about time! Durable, comfortable, convenient, and a statement they are the perfect piece to play in the park for girls and boys.
Up and coming artist LeaLea Jones was recently photographed by Scott Smith, of Design Vertigo, for German magazine Tail wearing exclusive Nordic Poetry clothing. Having recently finished her debut album, set for release in September 2013, LeaLea is well on the way to becoming a music sensation. Her music has a cinematic feel, with plenty of big brass, bass and mellow jazz vocals.
Japanese fever has reached the western fashion market. People looking to create an interesting and unique outfit have grown bored of the endless blue jeans and t shirt fashion from the west and are now looking to the east for colourful and beautiful silks. The most instantly recognisable of all Japanese fashions has to be the Kimono. This is a classic piece of clothing which dates back to the 16th century, which was then referenced to as a kosode.
We were recently asked by the one and only Little Boots if she could borrow some clothes for the music video of her brand new single “Broken Record” which is set to come out this May. Of course we obliged and were very kindly invited to the shoot. So the Nordic Poetry team got our skates on and went down to check out our clothes in action!
If Shakespeare were around today, what would he make of all the adaptations of his most famous plays? Perhaps he’d be flattered that around 400 years later, he’s still one of the best, if not the best playwrights around. Or would he be angry at the way his characters are being portrayed and the settings other directors have used. This leads me to the next adaptation of his famous tragedy – Macbeth.
If there’s one trend to emerge from these past fashion weeks, its the grunge fashion. As a recurring trend, its up there with floral’s in spring and nautical’s in summer. It’s a trend that winter can’t seem to do without. Dark colours, leather, plaid shirts and denim are the staples and this is what makes it so easy to wear. Saint Laurent at Paris Fashion Week showed a huge influence from 90’s grunge.
This week is the last of the four fashion weeks, finalizing in the fashion capital, Paris. The big designers, such as Chanel and Saint Laurent (formally Yves Saint Laurent) all show here in dazzling style. Saint Laurent swayed towards a 90’s grunge look for A/W 13 with plaid shirts and black sheer fabric. Chanel on the other hand used high neck tweed coats with fluffy hats in teal and pink and thigh high boots in patent leather. Here’s a pick of our favourite looks…
This spring/summer is all about simple sophistication and what could say sophistication better than the suit. The suit took the spring/summer catwalk by storm with every designer bringing there own style to the table so we’re not talking about the one you wear to work. There are countless ways to wear a suit to fit all occasions. Here’s a few of our favourites.
Simone Rocha’s simple and elegant catwalk show displayed beautiful pink dresses, sheer skirts and faux fur Leopard print, whilst Vivienne Westwood went her usual individual way and painted models faces with clown-like make up. Starting with bold stripes and developing into knee length leather skirts and loose t-shirts.
This week saw Fashion Week return to London for the Autumn/Winter 2013-14 shows. The much anticipated Tom Ford show saw a beautiful array of colours in embroidered fabrics, with elaborate fur trimmings and sequin boots in bright cobalt blues and neon pinks. Meanwhile, Giles showcased a beautiful collection of dresses in sultry colours. Starting with off white and developing through pretty pinks, into golds and black. The level of craftsmanship in both these shows is something to be admired and desired…
Pilots. They just aren’t what they used to be. Call me crazy but Graham, the midl mannered, soft speaking gentleman on the end of the Ryan Air tannoy just doesn’t fit the bill for me./ We see these ‘pilots’ from time to time in the airport sauntering along in they’re dark blue captain jackets (that are always slightly snug around the midriff) whilst sipping on a caramel macchiato. Imposters I say!
2012 is likely to be remembered by the fashion world as the year that spikes took over. Everywhere you look, once plain items of clothing are now emblazoned with studs – we thought it was just because we’re situated in East London, the home of all extreme fashion fads, but no. Up and down the UK, everything is studded, from jackets to bag, to shoes, and even leggings!
Christmas is less than a month away, so why not start your advent with a new jumper? We’ve extended our range of unique Scandinavian jumpers, and thrown some extra Christmassy numbers into the mix.
It’s official, winter is here. The sky is grey and we can no longer leave home without a coat. But the term ‘winter coat’ doesn’t have to strike fear into your idea of a stylish winter wardrobe. At Nordic Poetry, we’ve got a huge range of wintery jackets that will be in tune with your wardrobe, can be dressed up or down, and can be layered as the weather gets even colder.
Gothic fashion has been a huge trend throughout 2012. Though hints towards the gothic look are embraced in many people’s winter wardrobes, this year it didn’t stop when the sun came out. Dark nails and makeup seem to be a natural transgression in to autumn after summer’s pastel shades, but this year it’s been gothic grunge the whole year round.
You know winter is drawing near when it’s too dark and cold to get out of bed in the mornings. Fur coats and chunky knits might make the thought of leaving the house to bitter coldness slightly more bearable, but at Nordic Poetry, we’re skipping ahead to Spring and admiring the upcoming trends in an attempt to ignore the snowy season altogether.
Aran jumpers have been making the rounds in winter fashion for a few years now. Also known as cable knit, the jumpers originate from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland and date back to the 17th century. Even today they are typically associated with Irish children’s clothing, being practical and easy for mothers to knit.
Band t-shirts have been a way of showing support to musicians for decades, marking the wearer as a member of whatever scene they conform to. Especially popular in the 1980’s, fans associated with rock, metal and grunge sub-cultures frequently wore their favourite band’s merchandise to make a statement against mainstream trends. Though generally associated with male metal fans, women have been wearing band t-shirts for a while now, and are partly responsible for 2012’s grunge fashion obsession.
Nordic style has been big in Britain for a while. From high street brands like H&M and Cheap Monday, to high end Acne and Filippa K. However, these names may not be the first thing that springs to mind when Scandinavia is mentioned, so much as those dreaded jumpers your Nan would knit for you at Christmas.
The varsity jacket isn’t exactly a new trend to take over modern fashion. With huge names such as Kanye and Jay Z sporting the look as it rises into the mainstream. The styles worn by today’s elite tend to reflect modern day baseball jackets, with leather sleeves and team names emblazoned in signature colours, but the trend goes back much further than some may think.
There is a saying that nothing in the fashion world is really new, and this certainly goes for dungarees. They recall memories of the Great Depression in America and first appeared on women factory workers during World War II. They became must-have teen wear in the 70s and 80s. But few could have predicted the resurgence of retro dungarees as one of the major trends on the current fashion scene.
Leather in fashion dates back a long way. From cowboy’s chaps to Hells Angel’s biker jackets, it’s always been the ultimate way to make a statement, no matter what look you’re going for. Jackets have been around for years, taking all different shapes and forms to fit current trends, but lately, it’s not just been jackets taking the forefront – leather shorts are taking over.
Nordic Poetry caught up with the Holograms in London as they are getting ready to play at 1234 Saturday 1st September.
This month we wrote a short blog post about the Holograms (Swedish punk band) who have been playing in our office none stop. So when they agreed to meet us in East London, you could imagine our excitement at the chance to get some rare stories and have fun styling them in our favourite A/W trends.
Nordic Poetry have a fabulous stall at Spitalfields Market and we have the chance to meet lots of stylish guys and girls all the time. So we thought it would be fun to do a Look of the week! We will post a few photos up every week of the top stylish outfits and let you vote for the best of the week. Simply go to our facebook page and click like on the outfit you like most.
At Nordic Poetry we love to explore the history of fashion as this, of course, is what makes vintage clothes just so interesting! However its not just about the clothes, its also the people who wore them which makes our passion for vintage fashion so great. So follow our blog for features on fashion icons who have made marks in history. Some you may instantly recognise and others like our first fashion icon, Filipino politician Imelda Marcos, may be a nice new surprise for you.
This seasons Military Trend has been capturing runways all over the world so Nordic Poetry have decided to take action and explore the history of the trend, in particular a staple item the – Military jacket, enriched with strong characteristics it’s an item constantly evolving from its roots in warfare to a high fashion garment.
What can epitomise cool more than a vintage biker jacket, signifying decades of rebellion and freedom. The classic biker jacket will always be an uber chic fashion statement oozing stylish sex appeal, we are not the first to discover the appeal of the biker jacket, let Nordic Poetry take you on a journey through the history of this infamous vintage piece
Like many others Nordic Poetry has a passion for denim, worn by all ages and enriched with qualities of youth and rebellion, denim is more than just fabric it’s a symbol of heritage and freedom. Our website is full of vintage denim pieces and we think it’s only right that we treat you to a little history on denim and its important role in western culture as well as some of the iconic brands and famous figures who have celebrated it over the decades.
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