This is a downright emergency!  Calling all Stockholm residents or those familiar with Stockholm. Despite writing a regular column for Modette, a Swedish fashion magazine that launched a few months ago, my knowledge of Stockholm is just downright piss-poor (by the by, any Modette readers have any feedback on the column – never know how well my fruity English is understood by people when translated into Swedish….?).

This is pretty tragic considering I’m going on a long weekend to Stockholm on Friday with the boyf. As Northern Europe’s supposed ‘coolest’ city, the general aim I suppose is to ‘coolhunt’. I’m looking to cool people-watch, shop cool and eat cool. Admittedly, my definition of ‘cool’ is a bit loose seeing as I’m generally overly enthusiastic about any new place I visit and as my first time to Scandi, this should be even more exciting for me!

So, back to the emergency call.  According to Google Analytics, I have a fair few Swedish people reading this blog (or at least passing by) so ANY Stockholm related tips/advice on shops/eating/doing will be mucho appreciated.  I get emails about shopping in London on a daily basis and throughout August, I’ll be embarking on a ‘special project’ (I want to give a cool code name…but can’t think of what to call it…) related to that, which should hopefully repay this favour I’m asking for now for anybody who will be visiting London.

If you happen to be one of these stellar stylish people spotted by The Sartorialist and the Facehunter, please feel free to impart some of your Stockholm style wisdom.

I leave on Friday morning. I take emails, comments here and possibly pigeon messages if push comes to shove.

The phrase ‘I WONT’ ever wear…’ doesn’t exist in my vocabulary.  It’s not some kind of boast but just like how I feel it’s incredibly arrogant to believe we are the only living beings in this universe (big alien believer here!), I also feel it’s incredibly restricting to say I won’t EVER wear something when my tastes are constantly picking up and taking in new things.  However, the ‘I have never…’ outfit does exist simply because there are things i haven’t gotten round to trying or I’m not inclined to wear certain things.

So last night, it was the debut of my ‘I have never outfit…’ on a night out:

I have never…

…worn my Anthony Vaccarello headdress out until last night.  Well received it was too!

…worn STRICTLY black and white.  I was thinking really hard and seriously bar, the time I had to sing ‘Burlington Bertie’ in a school musical wearing a man’s oversized tux, this is the first time in my ‘dressing all by myself’ years.

…worn a bra on the exterior.  Yes, I BUSTED out.  I’ll take my chance on the inevitable comments of derision on this outfit decision (judging from the ‘trashy’ verdict on that poor girl in the Margiela top).  A strapless bra with cup seams added much interest to a smock top, taking in the bust and letting the top to flow out.   

…worn a dress as a skirt like this.  The sequin dress/skirt thing you see is actually a shift and I have tucked the tops of the shoulders into the strapless bra and allowing the armholes to create baggy pocket-type things with some volume. 

…worn this Alice Roi for Uniqlo top out in public, which I accidentally got a size too big and have since taken to wearing it as a nightshirt.

So, following the successful response to sending in your wardrobe LOVIES (I know lots of you have sent your Lovies that haven’t yet been featured but I’m taking a ‘Lovies’ break for the moment but rest assured, they will pop up!), I’m dying to see your ‘I have never…’ outfits complete with some statements of ‘I have never…’  Genuine outfits you have worn please otherwise that would be cheating! 

The phrase ‘I WONT’ ever wear…’ doesn’t exist in my vocabulary.  It’s not some kind of boast but just like how I feel it’s incredibly arrogant to believe we are the only living beings in this universe (big alien believer here!), I also feel it’s incredibly restricting to say I won’t EVER wear something when my tastes are constantly picking up and taking in new things.  However, the ‘I have never…’ outfit does exist simply because there are things i haven’t gotten round to trying or I’m not inclined to wear certain things.

So last night, it was the debut of my ‘I have never outfit…’ on a night out:

I have never…

…worn my Anthony Vaccarello headdress out until last night.  Well received it was too!

…worn STRICTLY black and white.  I was thinking really hard and seriously bar, the time I had to sing ‘Burlington Bertie’ in a school musical wearing a man’s oversized tux, this is the first time in my ‘dressing all by myself’ years.

…worn a bra on the exterior.  Yes, I BUSTED out.  I’ll take my chance on the inevitable comments of derision on this outfit decision (judging from the ‘trashy’ verdict on that poor girl in the Margiela top).  A strapless bra with cup seams added much interest to a smock top, taking in the bust and letting the top to flow out.   

…worn a dress as a skirt like this.  The sequin dress/skirt thing you see is actually a shift and I have tucked the tops of the shoulders into the strapless bra and allowing the armholes to create baggy pocket-type things with some volume. 

…worn this Alice Roi for Uniqlo top out in public, which I accidentally got a size too big and have since taken to wearing it as a nightshirt.

So, following the successful response to sending in your wardrobe LOVIES (I know lots of you have sent your Lovies that haven’t yet been featured but I’m taking a ‘Lovies’ break for the moment but rest assured, they will pop up!), I’m dying to see your ‘I have never…’ outfits complete with some statements of ‘I have never…’  Genuine outfits you have worn please otherwise that would be cheating! 

Cute girl with a black t-shirt inserted with gold lace looks over at the cute guy in a grey graphic printed t-shirt on the subway and either it’s the guy’s shirt that has won her over but her number finds it’s way into his hands.  The girl is called Graey and so that is how her story begins.

Graey also happens to be a new label designed by Janet Kim.  It’s a line that meshes ready-to-wear and couture by incorporating techniques like lace that is embroidered onto the fabric and the original fabric is cut away to reveal what’s underneath, with tanks and t-shirts.  This sort of couture infused ready-to-wear is something that a label like The Row by the Olsen twins is striving to do but in my opinion, Kim makes it a whole lot more interesting on a visual level, as well as maintaining the high qualitative standards. 

Not just wanting to have her clothes be photographed on models, each week sees ‘cute girl’ Graey above model her clothes in a weekly comic strip so as to demonstrate how Graey should be worn by Graey.  Stock sold on the site will also be rotated every few months. 

Kim definitely has got the design history chops, having studied at the Chambre Syndicale in Paris and having interned at Christian Dior and Proenza Schouler and I must say something like this couldn’t have come at a better time when an increasing number of middling shoppers (i.e. people who aren’t exactly poor but have an eye on the pursestrings) like myself keep on striving for clothes that have a unique take on casual and couture.  She plans on developing dresses and sweaters for S/S08 with a view to take Graey to a full line of clothing.  I’m eager to see how her couture infusion techniques develop with a fuller line. 

Another important point to pick up is the not-so-Row-like prices for Graey pieces. 

Men’s styles graphic tees are also available though I think it would be great to see the pieces above coming in men’s sizes for the more adventurous man about town. 

I was so sold by Graey that I bought the black gold lace t-shirt and I think a couple of you asked about the origins of the shirt when I wore it with my Anthony Vaccarello headdress and now you know!  With a nude vest/bra, I’m loving the way it’s adding something a touch lux to my usual scruff.  Only thing – I can’t go about yanking it off like I would with any old t-shirt seeing as the lacework is so very delicate.  I like that I need to have some TLC for it though seeing as it’s fast becoming a wardrobe fave.

(Background pictures from Fashion 156’s Damaged Issue)