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Monday, March 30, 2009

did i say goth?

Well, yes. I said it was all around me, did I not? Here we go with some Nordic goth from Scandinavia which is happening right now:

Ingmar Bergman may be dead, but his spirit lives on in Sweden. After a couple of decades of the Swedes trying to be upbeat, morose has become chic again. In particular, a group of young women are promoting a sexy new gothic vibe that seems inspired by horror movies and long dark winter nights.

...hanna liden’s images exude a raw and primal sense of threat and fear...

Hanna Liden (above)
The Sweedish-born New York-based art photographer (and Whitney Biennial alumna) Hanna Liden works with ominous imagery of strange figures in stark and barren landscapes that exude a raw and primal sense of threat and fear. She is also preparing to direct her first horror movie.

Helena Horstedt
The fledging designer Helena Horstedt creates extremely elaborate, all-black clothes for women that look as if they’re costumes for a sexed-up remake of “The Seventh Seal.” Her collections have names like Broken Shadow and the Black Whole and are made-to-measure in her Stockholm studio.

Hanna Hedman
The jewelry artist Hanna Hedman’s debut collection of floor-length oxidized metal necklaces and synthetic twig brooches is called Enough Tears to Cry for Two and is based on feelings of loss and grief and artifacts of mourning, including condolence letters and decaying flowers.

Karin Dreijer
Formerly the Knife, the electronic musician Karin Dreijer just released an album as Fever Ray. It’s a dark and moody record in which a voice transmitter makes her voice sound male and ghoulish. The video for the single “If I Had a Heart” shows children floating on a dark river and wandering through an abandoned castle.

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Just like the rare Swiss mountain flower Edelweiss - a symbol of prestige and distinction - the clothing brand IDILVICE (pronouced "Edel-vice") was born in the mountains of Switzerland and since then it's flourishing on the concrete of Manhattan and recently even in the rolling hills of the San Francisco Bay Area. However as the spelling indicates, the label is not meant to be associated with too much folkloric alpine tradition, but rather and probably in the contrary, with unconventionality. The IDILVICE label was founded in 1995 by Swiss Native fashion designer Idil from the city of Saint Gallen, Switzerland, who's foundation dates back to the 7th Century and which became famous for their quality textile products, especially embroidery textiles, which are still popular with Parisian Haute Couture designers today. In search for something less traditional, Master Graphic Designer Idil ventured out to New York City where she fell in love with American Pop Culture.