The Joy of Helmstedt

Copenhagen Fashion Week is just around the corner (starting the 6th of August), so here’s a reason to look at one of the most exciting talents coming from the Danish capital. Emilie Helmstedt’s universe is colorful and playful. The concept is rather simple: refining luxurious loungewear and bringing it out of the bedroom. But the effect is more than fantastic. Helmstedt‘s collections are all about silhouettes that are easy to wear, but get you intrigued with their playful prints and colour palette. The garments, always voluminous and relaxed, are a signature in Helmstedt’s world, and with detailing from 30s and 50s loungewear, comfort is key whether you wear it to bed or to a party. The happiness that colors can bring to everyday life works almost like a mantra to the brand’s identity – which is why “charmful” is one of the first words that comes to mind, when you see the textiles, which Emilie creates and produces herself.

Collage by Edward Kanarecki.

#InstaLOVE – December 2018

@suzannekoller 

I’m an Instagram maniac and I openly confess that I spend too much time on filtering my feed. But it’s irresistible, when you have so many great accounts to follow! If you are ready for a dose of beautifully curated walls, inspiring photos and delightful shots – see my December recommendations!

@thomaslohrstudio / Thomas Lohr’s photography seems to be simple at a first glance, but then, you’re struck with its sophistication. Whether we’re speaking of Małgosia Bela’s mugshot for Daniel Lee’s Bottega Veneta or robotic Kiko Mizuhara in a new 032c editorial, Lohr captures both, real reality and subserved reality, in his work. Follow him to be up to date with all of his amazing projects.

@flower_lore / This account makes me feel super Christmas-y, especially with its colourful, folklore mood! There are Bulgarian kukeri, vintage festive postcards – and fairies, as well. Plus, the the founder of this page, Bethany Van Rijswijk, seems to love edgy, medieval miniatures as much as I do.

@suzannekoller / I’m quite sure I picked Suzanne Koller in my #InstaLOVE edit before. But, I caught myself on bookmarking nearly each post of her to my ‘saved’ file on the ‘gram. So that’s very right to place her here again, even for the 13838292th time. The Paris-based stylist does incredible direction for M Le Magazine Du Monde and Self Service, and her Parisian life reported in her tongue-in-cheek stories is equally absorbing. A must follow!

@hollygolightlydk / After visiting Holly Golightly’s eclectic store in Copenhagen this October, I felt in absolute love with the place. The brand selection here is as good as the interior, while the occasional vintage drops will surely make you drool. It’s worth checking out their Insta, since it’s filled with outfit posts that truly, truly inspire.

@shona.heath / Shona Heath is a London-based set designer, who’s behind some of the most incredible fashion show venues (like the bed settling at Marni last season). But also, she collaborates with Tim Walker on every editorial, creating some of the most fantastically abstract visual scenarios that you’ve ever seen. Once you click that blue button, you will enter her world and never really come back.

AND, if you want to follow one more account on Instagram… why don’t you follow, ta-da, @designandculturebyed?

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#InstaLOVE – October 2018

@katerinajebb

I’m an Instagram maniac and I openly confess that I spend too much time on filtering my feed. But it’s irresistible, when you have so many great accounts to follow! If you are ready for a dose of beautifully curated walls, inspiring photos and delightful shots – see my October recommendations!

@griegst / Fine jewellery coming straight from Copenhagen. Griegst was founded back in 1963 by the Danish goldsmith and artist Arje Griegst (1938-2016). His jewellery is sought after by collectors all over the world, and among his prominent customers is the Danish Queen H.M. Margrethe II. Arje was a goldsmith who thought like a sculptor. Inspired by the Baroque and the Orient, his free sculptural form was a contrast to rigid modernism. Using his own customised cire perdue techniques he was able to sculpt pieces that vibrate with sensual energy in an almost hallucinatory alternate universe. In his hands, solid materials were rendered almost in their liquid state across jewellery and collaborations on tableware, flatware, glassware, chandeliers and sculptures. Today, the brand continuous to prosper with its fantastic goods that are inspired with Arje’s original designs. Their Instagram account is worth following, because a) those pieces make you day-dream, and b) the archive throwbacks are G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S.

@ndreaskronthaler / No, it’s not a typo! That’s Andreas Kronthaler’s Instagram. If you will cherish a picture of Vivienne Westwood (his wife) in Tyrol, standing next to a bunch of festively dressed cows, click that blue button right away. I did.

@cbnvintage / Another one from Copenhagen. Caroline Brille Brahe, the model (you might still know her as Brasch Nielsen), opened up her vintage wardrobe and it’s all about tie-dye Moncler puffas (already snatched by Ana Kras), 90s Versace Jeans Couture, Yves Saint Laurent beaded jackets and rare Hermès t-shirts. Insta-shopping is welcome. If you’re in Copenhagen, make sure to visit her (and her friends’) pop-up store at Atelier September (which by the way is her husband’s restaurant).

@vinccioslo / It’s getting quite Scandi in here. Vincci, a multi-brand store from Oslo, certainly loves the old Céline (and all the delightful details that appeared in the autumn-winter 2018 collection). Their regular pics of the last pre-Hedi pieces are candy for the eye.

@katerinajebb / Lately, I’m truly obsessed with Katerina Jebb’s works. In 1991 she was involved in a car accident which paralyzed her right arm – to resolve the inability to hold a camera, Jebb began to employ machines to make life-size images, primarily self-portraits lying herself down  on a high-resolution scanning machine. Progressively, she diversified, posing subjects and objects, exploring the medium in parallel with the expanding possibilities in digital technology. Jebb proceeded to remove parts of the scanner to facilitate maximum extension of the subject. The duration of each passage of the scanner echoed early photographic principles, being seven minutes long, therefore demanding of the sitter to lie motionless for 28 minutes. She created some of the most captivating portraits: think Michele Lamy, Marisa Berenson (dressed in Comme des Garçons) and Tilda Swinton. Recently, Jebb was commissioned by The Met to photograph some of the most incredible pieces from “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” exhibition. I caught myself on adding each of her posts to my ‘saved’ folder.

AND, if you want to follow one more account on Instagram… why don’t you follow, ta-da, @designandculturebyed?

NET-A-PORTER Limited

Maritime Antiques &

Maritime Antiques & is a unique shop just around the corner from the picturesque Nyhavn in Copenhagen. The place combines high quality fashion (think Andersen-Andersen sailor sweaters and Mister Freedom vintage-inspired jackets) with authentic maritime antiques. From telescopes and ship lanterns to compasses and diving helmets, it’s clear that the place’s owners have a true passion for everything that’s sea connected.

Toldbodgade 15 / Copenhagen

Photos by Edward Kanarecki.