Sometimes I spot girls like Lotta when I’m walking down by the water in Stockholm…
Whenever I’m in Stockholm, I always try to spend as much time as possible down by the water…or out on the water…or swimming in the water. It’s quite nautical there – Stockholm city is spread out over 14 islands after all…with literally thousands more islands in the nearby Stockholm archipelago. When I was in town recently for Stockholm Fashion Week (late AUG/early SEPT 2012) my hotel room even had a ship’s cabin-like nautical feel – with lots of dark wood and round porthole-esque windows – a common design theme in Scandinavia. (In fact, forget about staying in a ship’s cabin-like space…when in Stockholm, you can book a room on an actual ship.)
One of my favorite things about the nautical feeling of Stockholm is that it’s largely a vintage nautical feeling – many of the boats are sailboats and/or wooden – so it’s quite different from the powerboats/yachts/sexed-up feeling that you find in places like Miami or parts of the Mediterranean. (Not that I don’t love that feeling as well!) Another of my favorite things about nautical Stockholm are the seasonal restaurants that pop-up each summer with views of the water and boats. My favorite of these by far is Nyfiken Gul – a charming yellow wooden shack completely free of tourists down in the woods on the shore of beautiful Lake Malaren. All seating is outdoors…they bring you salad, potatoes, drinks, high-quality raw meat/fish, and grilling utensils…then they fire up several outdoor gas grills…you take it from there. It’s communal and loads of fun – like a casually commercial version of a rooftop Brooklyn BBQ. I went 3 days in a row while I was in town! I can’t wait to go back… x
Hi – so here are the last of my street style photos from my recent Stockholm trip. Ahh Stockholm – I really love it there. It’s one of my top 5 cities worldwide for street fashion. (My other favorite places to shoot are London, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney – just FYI.) This time around I was in town for Fashion Week by Berns…an event that recently has become a mandatory stop on the RTW fashion week circuit every season. I’m back home in NYC now for a little event you might have heard of called New York Fashion Week…more about that very soon…but for now, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite things about Stockholm this season – tack sa mycket!
Best show – Filippa K. The clothes, the models, the music, the venue – this show felt the most like a New York or Paris production. The mystery girl who played piano and sang while the models walked nearly upstaged the clothes. The venue – the not-yet-open Stockholm photography museum – was a great setting. Definitely want to go back and check this museum out when it opens.
Favorite runway model – Frida Gustavsson. I met her and shot her photo in Sweden several times when she first began modeling – around a year and a half ago. She’s a rising star now and I’m happy to see that she’s still sweet as ever and down-to-earth…even though she towers above the earth…man, is she tall. Love her.
Favorite Mr. Newton street muse – Filippa S. This stunning Swedish redhead is another rising star if you ask me. My photo of her wearing a vintage fake fur from Beyond Retro received 100 comments on lookbook.nu. Hey Filippa – can you send some of your fans over to my site please?
Favorite food – a tie between the fresh-fried-herring-and-homemade-mashed-potatoes wrap at Nystekt Stromming…and amazing clam chowder with potatoes, thyme, bacon, milk, cream, and chili oil at the tiny Sibiriens Soppkok aka “Siberian Soup Kitchen”.
Favorite swimming pool in the middle of a blizzard – Liljeholmsbadet. This heartbreaker of a swimming pool (and sauna) sits on pontoons on Lake Malaren and was constructed in the late 1920’s and opened in 1930. Do like me if you visit Stockholm in the winter and walk through snow and ice to swim 20 or 30 laps and sit naked in the sauna with the Swedes. It’s not open in the summer, doesn’t have a web page, and is mostly used by old people. A truly authentic experience and old-school Scandinavian to the core.
See you soon Stockholm! xxxx Mr. Newton