Scoop International is nearly upon us – with an exciting fifth edition – February 10th-12th 2013 at the iconic Saatchi gallery on the King’s Road, London.
Following last season’s Belgian spectacular, the February edition of the UK’s only dedicated show for contemporary premium womenswear, accessories, footwear and lifestyle labels takes its focus northwards across the North Sea to present a veritable smorgasbord of Scandinavian-themed style – NORIC BUT NICE!
Among the Swedish collections, the stylish and sleek hangs shoulder to shoulder with the tongue in cheek – for instance in the handmade 70s-inspired toffels (that’s slippers to you), shoes, bags and belts that Swedish Hasbeens create from beautiful ecologically prepared natural grain leather held together by a rich thread of humour, and in Odd Molly’s hand-made, embroidered women’s clothing label & accessories. In a similar vein there’s Hunky Dory’s fresh take on knitwear for the contemporary young woman and Vintage by Fé’s earthy yet feminine jewellery, scarves, bags and clothing with a hint of vintage in natural wood, cotton and leather. Perhaps the trait most often associated with Swedish design in particular is a flair for clean, simple and elegant lines. You’ll find that in abundance in Twist & Tango’s ‘simple, yet stylish everyday clothes’, in wearable, uncomplicated and effortlessly modern garments designed to stand the test of time from Filippa K, in Ceannis Living Accessories’ functional but gorgeous handbags and accessories and TRIWA’s instantly classic range of lightweight plastic and stainless steel watches.
Bucking that trend, by contrast, is Back by Ann-Sofie Back a designer with a penchant for big controversial themes. Having previously explored religion, sex and porn, this year’s ‘Violent Sports II’ collection continues her current exploration of violence and masculinity with powerful references to boxing, karate and the military. Last but by no means least is Sägen’s uniquely timeless yet nostalgic, colourful but thoroughly ‘green’ jewellery, which young designer Elin Sägen ingeniously creates from reclaimed porcelain and china.
Complementing this Swedish feast for the senses are Agonist who fuse their passion for the glassmaking craft with pure natural fragrances inspired by the Nordic climate and culture to create perfumery as pleasing to the eye as it is to the nose!
Scoop’s pick of the great Danish talent evinces a blend of rugged radicalism with elegantly timeless lines softened by a playful touch, as typified by M.Wiesneck’s directional contemporary womenswear and Becksandergaard Copenhagen’s handmade purses and keyrings in eelskin leather and their stunning collection of luxurious wool and silk scarves, printed with supersize stars, graphic motifs and animal prints. Margit Brandt shares that spirit with her unique fusion of nostalgic retro with an innovative and contemporary spark while the influential womenswear label Vadum has its own off-kilter mix of richness with roughness to create a no-fuss feminine look tempered with a distinctly streetwise urban edge.
Elise Gug’s classic collections with a modern-chic touch, on the other hand, recall the halcyon days of Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly with their famously immaculate fit and 100% Italian-manufactured quality – while Style Butler plough a similar furrow with their feminine, versatile designs in exquisite fabrics with intricate handmade detail for the elegant, sophisticated woman.
Although the name Ilse Jacobsen will first call to mind her lovely rubber boots, raincoats and sensually feminine shoes, we can also look forward to her exciting collections of clothes and accessories, all sharing the devotion to natural beauty and natural materials that informs her footwear designs. Finally, a welcome playful touch comes from self-taught designer Malou Sander’s Múus label (pronounced ‘Mouse’), a name already synonymous with Malou’s spirited, sophisticated, historically influenced yet daring designs.
A Danish poet once wrote, ‘Our childhood is a source from which we ladle our whole life’, and therein lies the inspiration for the magical, almost childlike fairytale vision behind Norwegian designer Tine Mollatt’s (By Ti Mo AB) collection of ‘true and honest women’s clothing’.
Finally, to satisfy appetites whetted for all things Scandinavian, that clutter-and-fuss-free oasis of Norwegian (and Finnish!) serenity in the heart of London’s West End, the Nordic Bakery, will be plying the throng of visitors each morning with their deliciously irresistible cinnamon buns and coffee!
In short, this unique show’s February edition brings you the eclectic pan-Scandinavian perspective in one fell Scoop!
For full listings of all designers and registration – please visit: http://www.scoop-international.com