Extreme Makeovers Home Edition

DSC_3761Each summer I find myself in Sweden for a short while and up until now that has meant only spending time in Stockholm, but for this trip I’ll be a little north of Stockholm in Uppsala for a very special project that I’m working on. It’s extreme makeovers – home edition.

Home RenovationsI’m doing a big favor for a very special person in my life who’s just bought a new apartment and asked me to help with renovations such as stripping the walls of questionable wallpaper, numerous other tasks and then decorating the apartment.

DSC_3850Needless to say I’m much more looking forward to the decorating phase than the heavy duty renovations but I have the best crew working with me so I’m certain the apartment will look absolutely amazing by the time we’re done.

Diary of a Somebody- Day 5

Today I’m indoors sketching for a new collection that I’ll continue to work on in Tokyo over the summer. I like to get a bit of a head start whenever I can and the ideas are flowing so I manage to get quite a few sketches out of it. The clothing line will be a perfect complement to the new additions in my jewelry line. I think I’ll even go so far as to create an original print for my designs as it feels so much more genuine and personal than picking up something from a popular fabric shop. For London, my go to store tends to be Cloth House on Berwick Street that stocks beautiful, wholesome linen and cotton fabrics. Overly synthetic materials make me cringe so they are definitely out of the question.

London

The weather is beautiful and it’s finally t-shirt and shorts weather again so I decide to head outdoors so that it’s not wasted. I take a walk through Kensington Park where much to my amusement they’ve installed a merry-go-round. I simply can’t resist reliving fond memories from my childhood so I hop on for a few rounds. My all time favorite ride at amusement parks and fair grounds was always the merry-go-round so I couldn’t be happier! It feels like I’m the female and more stylish version of Owen Wilson’s character in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris (2011) when he nostalgically and mysteriously finds himself going back to the 1920s every day at midnight. It’s absolutely charming!

After a dizzying few spins on the merry-go-round I make my way over to Wholefoods to stock up on some groceries for a dinner soirée that I’m planning. I simply can’t resist their delicious Chaumes cheese, kalmata olive spread and freshly baked bread. I’m hoping my guests will be equally taken.

Strøget

Took the ghost train arriving at Nørreport station. Such a hardcore and creepy railway station, just take a look! It was smoky like crazy and almost impossible to breathe. Think I’ve just become a victim of an Alfred Hitchcock film.

Hung out at Strøget, downtown Copenhagen where I visited my favorite Illums Bolighus boutique and numerous other shops. I love the architecture in this town, living through various époques but all in the present.

Shirt being rocked by my super stylish sister is a linnea original, linneabylinneanilsson oooo!

Audrey Hepburn

The July issue of Japanese Vogue featured a spread on darling Audrey Hepburn and her fabulous style.

Fashion and costume designer Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn’s relationship was a great match. Very stylish!

Here are some of my all time favorite Audrey Hepburn films. My list includes: How to Steal a Million (1966), Love in the Afternoon (1957), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964), Sabrina (1954), and Roman Holiday (1953). I have the collector’s box so little get’s by me.

I sketched this fabulous image of Audrey Hepburn from her film My Fair Lady (1964). I fell in love with this particular costume look designed by Sir Cecil Beaton that Audrey wore to the Ascot Races. Très chic!

I sketched Ms. Hepburn using graphite on white cartridge, size A1.

Probably one of the films she’s best known for is Breakfast at Tiffany’s. With rain and typhoon season lurking over our heads, it’s a great opportunity to catch up on the classics. I absolutely love black and white films. Alfred Hitchcock is also a weakness of mine.

Necklaces: linneabylinneanilsson, collection: Memento Mori

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Neutron Tokyo – Antideath

Visited the Neutron Tokyo Gallery to get a taste of skull artist Kazumichi Maruoka’s latest exhibition.

It was one of those moments when wearing my fabulous new Comme des Garcons skull blazer was perfect. If I may add, so were my delicious linneabylinneanilsson Memento Mori Collection pearl and skull accessories. Such a wardrobe must have! Click here to see more from my Memento Mori Collection!

Torii Gate.

Funeral arrangement.

Test run…

Resurrection… Konichiwa!

Vroom…

Aoyama Cemetery was a suiting backdrop.

Central Saint Martins- Final Exhibition

Here as I promised, are some pictures of my space in the final Central Saint Martins exhibition. Drama! All of the prints are ones that I created myself and out of that styled this black and white psychedelic atmosphere that you see before you.

Photo Shoot at Kew Gardens

As I’ve now finished for the year, I suppose there’s no harm in sharing what I’ve been up to. For our last and final project this semester, we had to choose our own theme and I of course chose home sweet home, Japan.

After doing infinite research into various aspects of Japanese culture both modern and traditional, I decided to produce a garment as my final piece/product. Made from scratch, I drew the pattern myself and made sure to make it in my own size. Sorry, no size zero for anyone if I had it my way! Wearable is key. Then the hunt for fabric began. I visited Berwick Street where I ended up at the lovely fabric shop The Cloth House. There I settled on organic linen in beige, white and black, my favorite colors.

After that I’d say the rest was rather easy. Ironing, cutting, sewing is the short version and there’s no reason to bore you with the details. And of course, I needed a photo shoot to capture the idea/view point of my garment so I wanted to draw a link to my inspiration, motif and Japan.

After a bit of location hunting, I found my match with Kew Gardens. Not only do they have a lovely Japanese pagoda but also a bamboo garden, minka house, and landscapes. Reow, so much easier than a long flight to Tokyo. A deadline is a deadline! So I packed up my camera, a little snack, my garment and headed to the tube. Lucky me, I had the loveliest weather. But truth, people were getting rather curious when I pulled out the skirt from my handbag, and started clicking away with my camera.

Never mind the audience, as it only added a bit more excitement and energy to the day. The security guards seemed to have no problem with what I was doing and that was all that mattered. No time to get shut down by the popo!

So what do you think? Suiting? Pictures of my final exhibition to come…