Stockholm Mercedes Benz Fashion week is one of the rare events in Sweden that doesn't start on time and brings bright colours to a capital famous for minimalist designs and plenty of black. It's also not really a week long, taking place over just three days.
The Local attempted to mingle among the fashionistas tottering around on on impractically high heels (yes, even the men) on the ice outside Stockholm's Berns venue where the main fashion shows were held this year. Elsewhere in the crowd, fringe-flaunting hipsters with Fjällräven backpacks cosied up to Östermalm oligarchs, accompanied by fashion bloggers and design students with glitter on their cheeks and lime-green fur draped from their shoulders.
But the catwalks were where future trends were being set and here are the top five trends we spotted on Stockholm's runways.
1. Baby’s Got Back
While midriffs are all the rage in Paris at the moment, Stockholm’s got some backbone – and is ready to show it off. From Valerie to Beckman’s College of Design to House of Dagmar, Swedish designers were embracing low backs and quirky cutouts at the shows. We're not sure how practical this will fare as a future Autumn/Winter trend given Sweden’s chilly climate… but you’ve got to give some credit for trying.
2. Back to bell-bottoms
The seventies were so long ago…which means it's time for a comeback, right? Swedes think so. Carin Wester, Filippa K, Ida Sjöstedt, and Swedish Fashion Talents were just a few of the shows flashing the look. Breezy loose trousers were all the rage, in everything from denim to floral silk to pinstripes. But instead of the classic sleek jumpsuit look with a more fitted top, these bottoms are to be paired with a loose or chunky top as well, making for a boxy look.
3. Checks and hounds
It's no secret that Swedes love monochrome. But to be fair, the black-and-white film of Swedish fashion did get an update this season. Busy patterns have taken the place of solids for a more interesting approach to grayscale. Black-and-white checks, houndstooth print, and plaid were particularly popular, making appearances at Mayla, House of Dagmar, and Cheap Monday among others.
4. The shape of a woman
Scandinavians are aknown for their affinity for androgyny. Square, loose shapes and oversized cuts are often common, and it can be tough to tell the women's section of a hip new brand from the men's. But despite Sweden's devotion to gender equality, more traditionally feminine forms made the cut this year, popping up at at Ida Sjöstedt, Mayla, and Edwin Trieu to name just a few. Dresses and skirts which cling softly to feminine curves – as mild as the models' shapes may be – are apparently back in style, complete with accented waists and pleated skirts.
5. Beige bandwagon
If you're tired of black, there's finally another option – although it's not much more exciting. Stockholm Fashion Week was filled with beige, beige, and more beige, with slightly-less-beige-but-still-beige hints of cream and tan to finish it off. Hunky Dory, Filippa K, and Whyred all hopped on the trend with head-to-toe interpretations which could be viewed as a bit drab – but hey, at least it's not black.
All photos: Kristian Löveborg/Fashion Week.se