(Photos: NK Stockholm)
Have you noticed the band of young, design-savvy Swedish fashion labels that have overcome less than inviting names (Acne, we’re looking at you) to take the contemporary market by storm? One of our favorites is Stockholm-based Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair (FASR), which neither repairs shoes nor is located on Fifth Avenue. Founded by Astrid Olsson and Lee Cotter upon “a dedication to traditional tailoring, patternmaking, and the old ways of the trade” and “a love of quality and details,” FASR consistently delights with well-edited Club Monaco-meets-Rick Owens collections that keep our eyes trained on the krona-to-dollar exchange rate.
Now they’ve branched out into couture, kind of. FASR was one of eight Swedish fashion labels invited to create a one-of-a-kind piece for NK, the Swedish department store that was once home to an elaborate couture salon. The diverse looks (pictured below) took to the runway Wednesday in a show at Stockholm’s Royal Opera, and the FASH dress (above) stood out in red matte satin, layered tulle, and detachable spirals of red and pink jersey. The inspiration? Naum Gabo and Alice in Wonderland: organic, twisted transparency crossed with fairytale fantasy. Or, in the words of the FASR designers, “A little bit of geisha, a little bit surreal, a little sweet, and at the same time freaky.”