"For a long time I thought our style was the best but now I know a lot of Scandinavian girls well and I’ve changed my mind," notes fashion blogger Laberian Ponton of The Blab. "I'm obsessed with their perfect style, silhouettes and way of life." And her fellow fab Frenchie Camille Charriere of Camille Over the Rainbow agrees: "For me, it's the Scandis that really stand out when it comes to style. While the French are a tad too conservative (read: an army of clones), I find Scandinavians far more experimental and directional— though they also stick to a monochrome palette and the idea of a capsule wardrobe. They play around with volume and are masters at layering easy basics."
In the hottest fashion circles, the new black is Scandi style.
That undeniable Scandinavian X factor also inspired a Norwegian photographer, Karoline Hjorth, and a Finnish artist, Riitta Ikonen, to collaborate on a really interesting, ongoing project. The latest iteration of Eyes as Big as Plates portrays Norwegian elders wearing dramatic accessories and attire designed to present them in relationship with their surroundings and represent a "primal response of real people in their settings." Although Eyes was initially conceived of as personifications of nature through the lens of characters from Nordic folklore, the duo found that as they interviewed their subjects prior to shooting, what intrigued them was the way the people had changed in response to living amongst Norway's fabled rocks, fjords and hills. "Those hills hadn’t changed since the tales, but the people sure had," they explain. "After interviewing the residents of Sandnes in the South West of Norway for a couple of weeks, we shifted our investigation towards imagination and Eyes as Big as Plates evolved into a search for modern humans belonging to nature."
Indeed, it strikes me that this element of woman in daily touch with nature - rather than living in a urban fortress such as Paris where one is protected from it - accounts for some of the enviable experimental and directional tendencies which the Parisiennes envy in the Scandinavian fashionistas.
- Lesley Scott
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