Culinary Comforts

Culinary Comforts

Within a single Stockholm Fashion Week, I got to talk to not one but TWO designers about food.  DOUBLE SCORE!  First it was Carin Wester's abstracted Parisians bistros and brasseries and then yesterday, I began at Mathias Dahlgren's Matbaren where Rodebjer presented their A/W 12-3 collection and ended the day, with a meal at that very same establishment, eating pig's head and pickled cucumber.  A fitting end to a trip where keeping warm, seeing warmth-inducing collections and good food has gone hand in hand with each other.  There was a reason why Carin Rodebjer chose that venue to show her collection.  She spoke of relating to Dahlgren, drawing parallels between his harmonious food creations and her own attitude towards the sort of women that command her clothes rather than the other way round. 

It's with this notion in mind that she thought of men's fashion icons such as David Hockney, Jean Cocteau and Prince Michael Duke of Kent for her new collection.  It wasn't that she wanted to inject menswear dress codes into the collection but it's more about the attitude and the ease with which these men inhabit their clothes that she brought to her clothes.  In general, that is the raison d'√™tre of all Rodebjer collections but there was definitely something luxuriously comforting about the recipe that she had cooked up in Dahlgren's premises, all of which instantly looked like go-to-staples – a knee length kimono coat with arm patches, the sweaters and skirts in a texturised faux fur that from a distance looked like crushed velvet, the idea of layering up two polo necks (thanks Carin – I'm shamelessly nicking that idea to keep my neck warm in New York) and a wrapped shirt printed with garden blooms.  Accessories such as the flat leather slip-ons and the A3 sized clutches (suggesting that it might hold something more substantial than a lippie and a phone) were the perfect ingredients to complete this succinctly edited wardrobe.







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I know it sounds like a bit of a la-di-da drone, but editing does seem to be a problem at Stockholm shows.  There's no need to hammer home the point by showing EVERY single style in EVERY possible colour way.  Rodebjer did no such thing.  Actually, I left the show wanting more.  Fortunately, Rodebjer has support from the likes of bStore in London and a very well-stocked webstore of their own.  Hopefully the reality of wearing this collection feels every bit as good as my meal did at Matbaren.  Steve's iPhone pics are my one boshed attempt at throwing in my secondary passion here.  Sadly, pro food blogger I am not.



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  1. Duck

    2012-02-02 at 12:53 PM

    Mmm one of my favourite places to eat! God I need to go back soon, maybe in the summer… Loving the texturised fur – to be a girl and get to wear a fur skirt. Or even just to be thin enough to wear one as a guy… I can dream. I’m totally obsessed with velvet/velour tops/jumpers/patches/anything at the moment (I think I’ve been watching too much vintage Buffy) and you are now adding to me velourinsanity. Thanks!

  2. Serdane

    2012-02-02 at 1:43 PM

    Love the clothes ! but very minimal i think.

  3. Dressed Well

    2012-02-02 at 1:57 PM

    Great clothes! Love the pics!

  4. Yuka

    2012-02-02 at 4:14 PM
  5. vicky

    2012-02-02 at 5:38 PM

    absolutely gorgeous clothing! So scandinavian-minimal…
    Love the clutch!

  6. Material fixations

    2012-02-02 at 7:26 PM

    Hhmm the food pictures are only a mild success. But then again I have never managed to make anything I cooked look good on camera.
    Love the A3 cluthes though, which look way more convienient than the usual pocket sized ones. Also I find the models are really interesting to look at, am I the only one to feel they are not your conventionnal everyday models? They seem older and more distinguished.

  7. Wanaee

    2012-02-02 at 7:33 PM

    Love the silk bermudas …. especially the colors are wonderfull … remember me the work of a girl I knew in Barcelona and that now has a blog. : …. so anyone should be able to work with colors. I love it: colors in harmony but with enough contrast to be able to create interest!!! Fantastic clothes!!!

  8. TheUnique28

    2012-02-03 at 1:50 AM

    Looks like a a great show, and the food looks delicious!

  9. Laura Kay

    2012-02-03 at 4:02 AM

    Funny thing is, the poor models are starving!!

  10. anindita khrisna murti

    2012-02-03 at 6:17 AM

    love that mustard sweater & the food looks yummy…
    Susie, i would like to ask ur permission to post your ELLE COLLECTION video in my blog. I also take one of your picture to make a scrapbook in the same post but of course i link my post back to your blog. hope u don’t mind.

  11. Simone

    2012-02-03 at 8:18 AM

    they are wearing amazing sweaters! 🙂

  12. Emanuel I.

    2012-02-03 at 9:12 AM

    Great garments…I like the 1sts ones!

  13. Javier

    2012-02-04 at 1:04 PM

    I love your blog and your photos!
    If u can, visit:
    See ya!

  14. Hannah Jane

    2012-02-05 at 8:15 PM

    Some great work-wear ideas in those photographs. Fab snaps!
    Peace, X

  15. Jatinda

    2012-07-17 at 2:47 PM

    Hi Susie
    I just heard that interview clip, you sound fab. The outfits are truly amazing, I love the man touch to the outfits, and the layerings.
    Would love to meet you.
    Would you be able to leave your comments on my blog?
    Truly admire you

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