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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Your First Look: Sandra Backlund

Perhaps because it's Memorial Day weekend, these Rorschach-like images of Swedish knit queen Sandra Backlund's fall '09 collection—in collaboration with Italian knitwear company Maglificio Miles—remind us of beer cozies, but for the body. As in, snug yet springy. Besides, Sandra knows how to keep it cool...

photography Peter Gehrke @ Adamsky
styling Naomi Itkes @ Link Details
hair Peter Andersson @ Mikas
make-up: Kajsa Svanberg @ Mikas
model Tilda L @ Stockholmsgruppen
art direction Sandberg&Timonen
retouching Matchmill

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Game Girl

Swedish designer Sandra Backlund makes what we call wearable knitscapes—well, more or less wearable. Here are a few images of her spring 09 collection, Pool Position. We assume, looking at the Atari-esque pyramids, that it has to do with the 80s' video game Pole Position, only summery. Or not...

Photos by John Scarisbrick

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Stockholm Fashion Week: Sandra Backlund

Sandra Backlund's knitwear—or, more accurately, wearable knitscapes—possesses a violent gentility, with its cascading bells, bouncing caulifloral clusters, baseball-sized chenille pompons and knotted drainpipes. Her indefatigable dresses, resembling armor made from soufflé, seemed to burst with joy as they pulled and ached and exalted the body, not unlike the way a chandelier dangles precariously from a ceiling to shower light across a room. Which is exactly what Sandra did, lowering the theater's huge glittering light-beasts to runway level so her models could walk around them, which perfectly hammered home her message of strength through fragility.


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