Icelandic fashion #1 Spaksmannsspjarir

Iceland is known for its unique landscape, midnight sun, aurora borealis, volcanos, thermal pools and so on. This, presumably, creates an inspiring atmosphere for young designers.

You can see and feel the nature in most of the creations from Iceland, both musical and design-wise.

Soo… I thought it might be nice to show you some of the Icelandic’s greatest fashion designers.

This photo illustrates work from a design team called Spaksmannsspjarir (”wiseman’s clothes”). They offer a wide range of clothes for women, in all shapes and sizes. You can go to their shop and choose a look and they will costume-make items for you if necessary.

I like.

Skunkfunk Does Green

I like the Skunkfunk brand, with a few independent stores dotted around the back-streets and cooler areas of Barcelona, away from the tourist-infested main thoroughfares, they’re a break from the norm (norm: Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Zara again, Oysho etc)

Kicking-off in the Basque country (Northern Spain/Southern France) they’ve opened up in a plethora of locations as far away as Tokyo and San Francisco.

But boy do they LOVE green! And not a dark green, which I’d wear… but a lime green green – a green that’d be a little hard to get away with, unless you’re living in a place where the sun shines morning to night. I can’t see it being a success on Dame Street in Dublin on a pissy-wet October evening.

Still, I like their style, it’s brave and it’s young, and it’s keeping-it-small while resisting to be everywhere-at-once, which will be the downfall of fellow-Spanish start-up Desigual, who were once niche… but they got greedy.

Yamaha’s Tenori-On

From the hallowed pages of Future Music, this story:

“The silver Tenori-On looks like a small tablet PC with a 16×16 grid of white LEDs. The lights can be seen from both the front and the back of the unit, so an audience can take part in the visual fun as well. The Tenori-On is meant to be programmed both musically and visually. In fact, you can program the music, and then go back and program a customized visual sequence to complement what you’ve composed.”

So the thing can be played as if you were designing with your fingertips, or it can be played by just knowing what notes are where on the instrument, and it has built-in speakers. Rad, or what?!

No Cheating

Comment by lestyle

October 4, 2007 @ 9:07 am

Trinity, only the Le Style moderator has the right to moderate comments. Please relax.

I have received your comment, I have it here, but I can’t approve it, as there’s a bug causing it (and a few other comments, sorry Jean and Shawn) to be rejected. However I will post it here now so that it’s published for you.


There is no law there at the moment to say that it is a criminal offence, not to my knowledge anyway and I’ve worked in legal. Not here in Ireland and not that I am aware of in the UK. However, there was a report back in April 2007 and actually a UK law firm released a report on same quite recently as well, but it was just a report. The European Commission did put forward a proposal to strengthen the criminal law framework to combat intellectual property law offences but this was withdrawn and instead its provisions incorporated into a Directive (proposal!)

..In the directive, all intentional infringements of an intellectual property right on a commercial scale, including attempting, aiding and abetting such infringements, are treated as criminal offences.

I’m not sure of the exact ‘ins and outs’ but per se 🙂 but that’s about the jist of it.

Clever Izumi Advert

Trés clever advert from trainerwear manufacturer Izumi. I love this kind of approach, take a WAY tenuous connection to your product, and use it to promote, really nice.

Wanna know three things I’d do differently?

1. “climbed into the wrong panel van” is wrong. a) it requires an American to understand it. b) “climbing into” gets away from the running, they needn’t have done so.

2. “Run like an animal” is weak, and brings us back to the norm of corporate taglines, the advert would have finished more strongly with “civic duty.”

3. No prominent logo, and Izumi’s brand recognition isn’t so strong that the little logo on the side of the muddy shoe covers it, nor does the little red version after “animal”. Never miss the opportunity to display your brand prominently.


burberry-patternTo Martapiotrowska– I have a friend living in London and Burberry is synonymous with chavs over there, according to her anyway and any news article I have read and documentaries on same aired here and in the UK in recent months. And it’s very much associated with scumbags here in Ireland. But I’m not putting Burberry down, I’m must saying loike 🙂

An article from the Times online

..Chav fashion

Imitation is the sincerest form of annoying the fashionistas

Burberry blames chavs for its disappointing sales. The adoption by chavs of plaid as a low-life uniform is frightening away upmarket customers. Tommy Hilfiger has removed the logo from some clothes in order to discourage chavs from buying baggies as tribal uniform. Fashion houses are threatened by the popularity of their gear among the unfashionable classes.

Fashion is gentility running away from vulgarity, and afraid of being overtaken. But it has been overtaken, ever since it became fashionable to advertise the name of one’s tailor on one’s clothes, like a footballer. The poor are too rich, and the rich have run out of ideas. And the queue for service is getting awfully long.

Economists call this phenomenon a positional good. When everybody’s somebody, then no one’s anybody. Motoring used to be a transport of delight, when the elite motorarchy bowled along the open road instead of stop-start-stopping in a tailback. Ski-ing is another hierarchical good. In its pristine age, the slopes were empty for the fortunate few slippers and sliders. Now that everybody, even the XYZ list, takes a winter break, they all spend the day queueing for the ski lift.

What is the point of wearing designer clothes as a visible symbol of your celebrity and superiority, if every Tom, Dick and Chavette is wearing the same exclusive label? Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. What is unbearable is when they start wearing our fashions. Could twin sets and pearls, carpet slippers, and shabby tweed sports jackets with leather patches on the elbows and cuffs be about to become le dernier cri?..

The Joy of Pompidou Centre

I had the good fortune to be in Paris last weekend, and I visited the Pompidou Centre, which is a place I haven’t been to since early 1996.

It’s the most fabulously ugly building, both inside and out, but it contains the beating heart of what has become a very trendy area full of designer shops, little cafes and restaurants.

With free wi-fi inside the foyer, a too-cute-to-resist trinket and design shop, a coffee shop with commanding views of the entire place, and an art-oriented bookstore that you could spend HOURS in, the place was abuzz.

It’s not the easiest place in the world to navigate around, I found myself in the middle of a restaurant at one stage, and wasn’t sure if it was a modern art installation or a hallucination. No, I jest, but it IS a tough place to get around, and I left it feeling I’d missed a floor, or a display, because as big as it is I felt I’d only seen 2 or 3oo pieces, which seems a lot in print, but not when you’re actually there.

Still, a joy, a true joy. Here’s a nameless piece from a nameless corridor, in a nameless gallery, on just one of the many floors inside Pompidou Centre – visit next time you’re in Paris, I recommend.