It´s November at the festive season is upon us. Du you have the dress(es) ready? Many of us surely have enough as it is, so if we are to add another one, there aught to be good reasons for it. The Little black dress is such a reason. It’s no coincidence it has its own expression. The LBD has a long history in the fashion business, and is above all else connected to Coco Chanel. She revolutionised the fashion business in her own time and was a strong force behind clean and no-fuss designs, in a time that was known for all its ornamentations. She meant that that particular dress was hard to conceive because there was so little to hide behind. In that I agree. The best versions are clean cut and draws attention to the woman in it, rather than to itself. To achieve this, the construction and the choice of material has to compliment the bearer. That may sound easy, but is in fact not.
When knowing the above, I hope you are bit more willing to invest a little extra in the dress. The designer behind it might have spent long hours in the development so that you might shine at your best. And while your at it, I think you might find it worthwhile to invest in Norwegian design as well. With this in mind I have searched through Norwegian designs for you. Here are the picks above the rest.
Behind the brand Undorn is Karina Kjenner Titze. The lady has already been in the business long, and is one of few that has created a sustainable business in a field that is ruthless towards smaller brands. That is no coincidence. In addition to being a designer that really knows her trade, Karina has a good nose for business and what the customer wants. The ace up her sleeve is still her focus on fit and details. She explains eagerly about her special use of the world-renown lace Solstiss and how it has brought international attention, but also quietly about how others have copied her. I think she is smart enough to se the latter as a compliment and continue on her own path. There are every reason for it.
The dresses I have picked here are demonstrating quietly but insistingly about her strength in construction, choosing fabrics and attention to details. If you invest in one og these you will have found a favourite dress for a long time to come.
Ørnulf Høyer, the man behind the Høyer stores, is one of many that has launched a new brand recently. The brand was created only in 2017 but has already managed looking proffessional and internationalised. That is surely not without reason. One has to assume that a man like Ørnulf kan draw on the best resources when it comes to production and distribution. That does not automatically mean that the designs will stand out. But they do. The collection for fall/winter 2018 is telling the tale of a designer that had few limits to her creativity, but not least about an craftsman(woman!) that know her field.
The dresses I’m showing here are good examples of that. Here are no simple, one-fits-all solutions to find. Instead the weight is on construction and details. And it shows. The dresses fit like a tee and would be any cocktail party worthy
This article was meant to be about Norwegian design. In this respect I fail when I mention Nina Jarebrink here. She is Swedish. Having said that, she has built her brand in Norway and her main office is here, so taking her on is no coincidence. Her collections these last years have been easily recognised with her focus on a glamour with clear references to the 70s and studio 54. That is a recipe that looks to work like a charm. Nina has a devoted following and also sells internationally.
The dress I’m wearing here is a shining example of the above. The shiny velvet, together with the belt in gold, is glamorous, to put it mildly, while the draped shape and the material makes it easy to fit for many. Here there is space for both a big Christmas dinner and a sweaty dance floor.
James Lazar Braathen
Where other brands have focus on commercialising and bestsellers these last few years, James Lazar Braaten turns the other way and focuses on making only unique dresses. He is very clear about his vision and has no interesse in compromising for it: he creates dreams in form of dresses. In our conversation he points out that he knows perfectly well how to commercialise certain pieces, but that he simply doesn’t want to. His customers shall rest assured that if she buys one of his numbers, she will be the only one to own that piece.
It is maybe stretching it a little too far calling the above outfit the LBD. This is clearly more Showgirl than cocktail party. But, if you use your imagination, perhaps you see that if you swap the mummy panties for a black dress or a skirt, the whole feel changes? Tyll, strass and hand-sewn details can be styled up or down, according to your mood and in so very many ways. In that sense this outfit has a lot of the qualities of the LBD after all.
Finally, I want to add that Norwegian jewellery design is more current than ever. All the earrings in the article with stones, pearls or crystals are from the Norwegian brand Caprice Decadent. Take a look, and I’m sure you will find your Christmas wish right away.
Have a lovely festive season everybody!
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