Cheryl Marie Cordeiro-Nilsson, Filippa K nautical dress with pearls

Standing in the wind, in a Filippa K dress.
Photo © Jan-Erik Nilsson and Cheryl M Cordeiro-Nilsson for CMC 2009

I’m beginning to appreciate what I now recognize as Swedish and Danish designs. Not that the two are the same but there is a strong sense of clean cut lines, simple yet sturdy styles that come through labels such as Baum und Pferdgarten (Danish), Tiger of Sweden (Swedish) and Filippa K. In fact, Tiger of Sweden has such fantastically cut jackets for men that I can’t help but want one for myself!

Filippa K dress with Marc Jacobs denim and leather lined shoes

Filippa K dress with Marc Jacobs shoes.

There’s something always understated in Swedish design and this black and white striped dress from Filippa K is as loud as the label gets. It’s a superb Swedish take on the nautical theme, that’s very subtle compared to the nautically themed designs of Gaultier or Dolce & Gabbana.

Filippa K dress, bow details

A simple tie belt at the waist for accent.

With the clothes, comes an energy, where Swedish designs come across as both restrained and relaxed at the same time. Restrained in the sense of visually clean lines even in draped clothing, and relaxed in the sense of how the material flows with movement. Finger through the lapel of a Tiger of Sweden jacket and you’ll understand its vibe and the philosophy of those behind the design and make of the label.

Cheryl Marie Cordeiro-Nilsson, Filippa K dress

The dress with a pearl necklace.

As testament to the understatedness of Swedish design, Filippa K, a label that produces brilliant smart-casual wear for the day, has their Fall 2009 Collection almost monochromatic in colours. Baum und Pferdgarten though, seems to have a more colourful take on winter wear 2009.

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