In black and white

I absolutely love these black and white images by Josh Wallace Photography! I’m still coming down from the whole experience of showing my first collection, it was such an emotional moment.

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Press and parties

Good morning! I thought I would pop in to show you some photos from the after party at Hotel Congress we went to after the show. It was so much fun! I was filled with adrenaline from the show, so I had a good time to say the least. Here are a couple snaps:

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I also wanted to give you some links to a couple interviews I did before the show:

Arizona Daily Wildcat
Oro Valley Voice
Arizona Foothills Magazine
Couture in the Suburbs

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I’ve also been nominated for best FASHION DESIGNER and MOST FASHIONABLE IN TUCSON by AZ Foothills, so vote vote vote! 😀

Tucson Fashion Week

An era has come to an end, and what I’ve been working towards for a couple months is now done. I showed my very first collection at Tucson Fashion Week, and it was amaaaaazing!

I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous, excited, terrified and happy at the same time. It was first the day of the show I started really feeling it, before then I felt cool and collected throughout the whole process. From start to finish, the whole day was magical. It exceeded all my expectations, and it’s only made me want more.

Let’s just dive right into the photos! Here are some back stage snaps, taken a couple hours before the show:

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My wonderful helpers Carla and Lezli. I couldn’t have done it without them!

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And here are some photos from the show:

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Images by Joe Jackson Jr/Lao Productions/Roger Thammavong/Neil Peters/Jackie Sterna/Paige M’Lynn Hilman

All in all I had 10 looks, and they’re not all shown here. I’ll post more photos as soon as I get them!

I want to thank some people for making this all happen. First off, everybody behind Tucson Fashion Week! I feel so honored for getting to be a part of your show, and I really hope I get the chance to do it again. I want to give a special thanks to Carla and Lezli, who did an excellent job helping me fitting all the models and getting everything ready for the show. I also have to thank everyone coming to the show, especially my family who came all the way from Norway to be a part of it. My mom and Grandma helped me a lot getting things done the days before the show, so thank you, thank you, thank you 😀

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Tomorrow is the big day! The time has gone by so fast, and I’ve been looking forward to this for a looong time. Every seem is sewn, ever snap and zipper is added, and every outfit is planned out. I feel a lot more prepared than what I imagined I would be at this stage, so I’m not too worried – I’m mostly just super excited 😀

My family is here for the big occasion, and they have been really helpful with all the finishing touches. Without them I would have been more stressed out I think. I haven’t showed you too much of the collection, but after tomorrow I’ll post a ton of pictures, I promise. It will also be possible to watch the whole show online later. Tucson Fashion Week, here I come!

Here’a a couple snaps of one of the outfits I will be showing:

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Model: Jazmine Musgrove Photo: Jackie Sterna

Also, If you want to read a quick interview with me done by Arizona Foothills, click here!

Inspired by – Graduate Collections

Something I love to do, which always gives me so much inspiration is looking at Design School Graduate’s collections. They are always so fresh and new, and they ooze originality like nothing else.

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I think one of the reasons I’m so interested in graduate’s collections is because I never made one my self. If I could go back in time, I would have definitely chosen to go to design school, where I would have the opportunity to make a final collection that represents everything I’ve worked for the entire year. Looking at all the different design students, and how their whole process of creating a collection works, I find it so interesting. Everybody have their own specific point of view, usually a very narrow and specified theme, and they use techniques well beyond my imagination. I gathered some of my favorites, and I chose them based on originality, concept and execution.


So here we go, some of my favorite graduate collections:

First up is designer Evin Tison and his SS16 graduate collection for Esmod. I’m in love with the textiles and colors, and just the general idea behind the collection. I’m sure he will go far in the industry, he’s got some real talent.

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Next up is The Royal College Of Art’s student Xiao Li. She created a graduate collection based on 60’s Balenciaga and architecture, with a focus on volume and exaggerated knitwear. You know I love pastel colors, so that hits right home from me.

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The third designer I would like to mention is someone very detail-oriented, who mixes textures and patterns like no other: designer Yvonne Kwok. With her graduate collection from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute, she was one of the finalists of London Graduate Fashion Week in the category of Best International Collection, and won the prestigious Lichting G-star Raw Talent Award 2012 as best Graduate collection in the Netherlands. In other words, definitely one to look out for:

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All three have so much talent, and they’re definitely designers I look up to.

Interview with Oro Valley Voice

Hello everybody! I just wanted to pop in and let you know about a story that the Oro Valley Voice did on me in relation to Tucson Fashion Week. I mostly talk about the collection and my general thoughts about fashion, and you can read the whole thing HERE!

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Have you’re having a great Thursday, and that the sun is shining just as much as it does here 🙂

Preview of the collection

In just a little over a week I will be showing a collection at Tucson Fashion Week, and I’m starting to feel the butterflies. I’m (almost) done with the collection, I only have a few tweaks here and there, but I’m not worried it’s not going to get done. Right now I’m mostly excited!

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Another great think about the upcoming week is that my family is coming to visit and to see the show. I haven’t seen them in forever it feels like, so I cannot wait 😀

Here are a couple of previews of what’s to come:

Talk to you soon!

Colorful details (3/9)

Hey! I just wanted to pop in with some detail shots from some of my previous designs. I’m currently working away with the collection, and I’ll update you with some photos tomorrow of the process so far. I’m not going to show you EVERYTHING, but just a little taste 🙂

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White Lace

I’ve always loved lace, in any shape, form and color, but white lace especially hits right at home for me. I think it’s so pretty and screams summer and romance. I’m not going to use it too much in my collection, just a little here and there. I found this lace fabric at SAS fabrics, and wasn’t too sure about it at first, but now I think I love it. What I was worried about was that it might look a little “old” because of the eggshell color, but when lined with a crisp white cotton I think it works. I made it into a simple circle skirt, that will work with pretty much everything. Take a look at the result:

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Lola thought the motive was simply too white, so she decided to join in ♥

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Looking up “white lace” on Pinterest gives you endless of options, in other words tons of inspiration. Here’s a little selection of my favorites:

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How I get inspired

Many people ask me how I manage to come up with different designs all the time, and that is a seriously difficult question to answer. I always have so many ideas of what I want to make, and I honestly don’t know where they’re coming from. I’ve been interested in fashion design my whole life, and was constantly sketching away whenever I had some spare time growing up. That never changed, and I don’t even know how many sketches I have in storage by now. Luckily they have gotten better with time! I remember one time when we were taking a family trip many many years ago, and I brought my sketch book with me to stay busy on the plane. After getting to the hotel, and looking for it, I realized I had left it in the seat pocket on the plane. We called and asked if they had found it, without any luck of course, and I remember being so devastated. Next measure of action was to just get over it, get a new one, and start from scratch!

But back to what inspires me:

Colors:

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I’ve become more and more in love with using colors, and I’m especially drawn to light and bright pastel colors. It’s probably because I live in a place where summer is an all-year-thing, and that has definitely influenced me. If I was back in Norway, during the cold winter months, I would probably replace the baby pink with dark grey.

Decades:

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I love looking back at previous styles and icons, and draw inspiration from what was seen as cool back in the days. For a long time, the o’mighty 90’s has been a huge inspiration to me, when it comes to colors, fabrics, styles and silhouettes.

Street style:

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I’ve always been following blogs and magazines to catch up on what my favorite it-girls are wearing, and I definitely get drawn to those who stands out a little and are not necessary following what’s on trend right now. My absolute favorites are the sisters behind howtwolive.com. Love their quirky style!

Fashion designers:

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It’s always inspiring looking at what my favorite designers have made lately. There are many I look up to, but my top three at the moment are probably Manish Arora, Valentin Yudashkin and Alice McCall. They all have one thing in common: a good eye for feminine romance!

Project Runway:

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I cannot write this post without mentioning my favorite show in the wooorld, Project Runway. I’ve watched every single season probably five times each, and I always get inspired to design after watching it. The unconventional challenges are what inspires me the most, as that’s when the designers get to be the most creative, and when the results usually are the most breathtaking.

So there it is, some of my sources of inspiration. I’m sure I’ll make more posts like this later, as it is constantly changing.