I’m back in the land of grey skies, bare skeletal trees and where a Bonfire Night smell has permeated the air. After a horrendous flight and having my suitcase hacked into by US Immigration, I’m thankfully home.
Please bear with me whilst I get back into normal Style Bubble blogging mode as I have HEAPS to say about my past nine days in Miami as well as the usual fashion heap to comment on. As a starter though, I thought it would be nice to remind myself of the wonderful Hy√®res competition that I attended in April (Yeah for Hy√®res!), by talking up this new collection by Hy√®res 2007 Grand Prize winner Sandra Backlund, that was shown as part of the Carte Blanche series of the Arts of Fashion International Fashion Show competition held on Saturday at a beauty of a building in downtown Miami.
Having had the chance to speak to Sandra and get to know her these last few days, the main thing that struck me is that she is someone who is extremely comfortable in solitude, hence why she chooses to work in Stockholm as opposed to any other fashion capital and why she mostly works alone on her collection. There is no swaying/bending to what is going on in the fashion climate hence why her work is so unique in its ideas, execution, choice of materials and forms. I actually think this new collection that she showed in Miami surpasses the Ink Blot collection which won her the prize at Hy√®res. The cream colour, the mix of fine crochet and that chunky thick knit as well as a more singular vision in terms of materials (save for a clothes peg dress which looked sublime…) made a far more coherent collection and gets me excited as to what Backlund will produce next.
Professional fashion stuff aside, Sandra is just about the nicest, sweetest girl I’ve met who has a genuine modesty about her. Plus, she has the cutest collection of dresses… (the pic above was unfortunately somewhat marred by the lurid attrocity that was the Radisson Miami carpet… )