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Swedish Fashion Council Cancels Fashion Week in Stockholm

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Could Sweden’s fashion council be forecasting what’s to come in other major fashion capitals by cancelling Stockholm’s SS20 fashion week?

As we embark upon fashion month and all of it’s excitement, we must recognize that one of the renowned fashion city’s will not be participating this season. Although I have yet to visit Stockholm, it’s on my buckle list of places to live and work, and especially experience the energy that comes with rushing from show to show during fashion week.

Last month after the Swedish Fashion Council initially released a statement that Stockholm’s Fashion Week event would be stepping away from it’s traditional format, organizers later announced that they had decided to forego the event indefinitely.

Reasons given for the cancellations focus on working to create more sustainability and to develop alternative practices; as well as provide better opportunities and support for the local fashion talent. Personally I think this idea is wonderful, and it’s a great way to stand up for what you believe and actually practice what your preach. Sadly, sustainability has become on of those buzzwords that so many “conscious” people use nowadays. Although we don’t quite know exactly what the Swedish Fashion Council will do in place of hosting large expensive stage shows for designers, I do believe that they are making strides in the right direction. Jennie Rosen, CEO of the Swedish Fashion Council said, “By doing this we can adapt to new demands, reach sustainability goals and be able to set new standards for fashion.” She also goes on to say that with Sweden’s extensively growing fashion industry that it’s crucial to support designers and brands of the next generation.

Does fashion week do more harm than good?

…especially for smaller brands. Yes there are runway presentations, and loads of people (buyers, editors, influencers, etc.) there to witness the shows but if you are a very small brand who can’t afford to produce those extravagant items, then what’s the point? I think that’s what the Swedish Fashion Council is looking to change. Many larger brands and designers have already started to merge their runways show into see now, buy now strategy offering consumers instant access to purchase pieces.

Although the Swedish Fashion Council hasn’t revealed its new strategy for Fashion Week in Stockholm just yet, they have created a few initiatives such as: Fashion Talent incubator for emerging designers that focuses on promoting overall brand sustainability aiding with business, trademarking and consultancy; and the Swedish Fashion Ethical Charter which is a new policy that forces accountability among fashion industry leaders to ensure shared values and guidelines on body ideals, diversity and issues of social responsibility.

Overall I am very excited to see what’s to come from this fashion week revamp. Yes I’m sure many fashion aficinados are disappointed that there will not be SS20 runway shows this season; however, designers are still having presentations through showroom appointments and their social media accounts to engage and interact with fans. Also we can all look to the other Scandinavian capitals, Oslo and Copenhagen, for our fashion fix.

What I Wear to a Picnic....Picnic Pants

Recently I was invited to my boyfriend’s family picnic (family reunion type deal). To some this may have been a no brainer, just toss on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt; and you’re all set to meet the fam. That’s exactly what I did; however, I was plagued with the overwhelming and self-imposed thought process of being the “girlfriend that works in fashion” and that’s a fashion stylist. So of course I wanted to make a statement, and take it a step beyond shorts and a t-shirt.

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These linen shorts that I am wearing in the photos are not only figure flattering , but very family friendly with the knee length. I didn’t have to worry about showing off to much thigh around my boyfriend’s family. And I just casually paired them with a black statement t-shirt. Not shown I’m wearing a pair of Zara mules, and I also brought along my white Adidas Stan Smith’s.

outfit details - shirt: Boy By Boy ( here )( here ); shorts: vintage ( here )( here ); shoes: Zara ( here )( here ); earrings: David IV ( here )( here )

outfit details - shirt: Boy By Boy (here)(here); shorts: vintage (here)(here); shoes: Zara (here)(here); earrings: David IV (here)(here)

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Be back soon with more outfit post, I want to also encourage you to go and shop my vintage and thrift pieces in my shop, SOSNUTHRIFT.

Introducing Demi Blvck

For some, talent just seems to fall out of the sky and right into their lap. As Demi Blvck’s creator Demetrius explains it, he’s a late bloomer in the world of fashion and design. He took to designing in his early twenties, and learned how to sew and construct luxury garments from the esteemed “Youtube University.” Self taught with an otherworldly imagination, I don’t think I’ve ever met a young designer with so much talent and ambition. He holds the winning cocktail for success, and his future is bright.

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A few weeks ago, I dropped by the Demi Blvck Design studio for a sneak peak at the latest collection. I didn’t know what to expect, but my expectations were pretty high. Because you see, I’m pretty familiar with Demetrius and his work. After bumping into each other at a mutual friend’s wedding, he invited me by to check things out. Staying true to the ethos of his brand, there was a ton of bold eye catching color, mixed prints and textures. His designs are definitely not created for the modest. It’s a maximalist paradise. Imagine if Balmain and Versace had a lovechild - her name would be Demi.

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Demetrius is calling Demi Blvck’s next collection “Chandelier’s Cry in Color”. The inspiration draws from the Japanese anime characters in the short stories he writes. He simply visualizes the characters in costumes, and creates them - no sketches or anything. Raw talent.

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With only a few years under his belt as a designer, and having spent some time living outside Memphis, Dee, has made quite the buzz in the region’s fashion scene. Demi Black has been featured for the second year in a row on the runways of Memphis Fashion Week, Charlotte’s Fashion Excursion, and dressed WNBA’s LA Sparks baller Cathy Poindexter. His dream clients are those that are confident and aren’t afraid to take fashion risk; such as fashion killers: Rihanna and ASAP Rocky.

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I asked what was to come for the brand, and Dee says he’s working to get his latest collection manufactured so that it can be made available to his clients. He wanted to also encourage the creatives here in his hometown Memphis to not wait, but to simply create.

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Head over to the Demi Blvck website at www.demiblvck.com for more in depth looks at the collections. Follow on IG @demiblvck