Designer, illustrator and comprehensive fashion guru, Nadia Scullion completed her MA in Fashion Design Technology this year before moving to Stockholm to work for Scandinavian giants H&M. Her recent MA collection combines silicone rubber, fringing and a candy pastel colour palette, to create wearable garments lined with playful quirks and details. “It blurs the lines between garments, jewellery and sculpture,” she explains.
The collection demonstrates her appreciation for craftsmanship and vintage patterns, intended to walk to the beat of her favourite music – “Electro, italo disco and 90s R nB.” Here, Nadia talks about her inspirations, top trends and how she’ll be wearing lola&grace this summer.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I am usually most inspired by unusual materials, so places like hardware shops or timber merchants always get my creative juices flowing. The next challenge is integrating the odd materials found in these places into a commercially viable range.
How would you describe your personal style?
Minimal vs maximal.
What has been your best fashion find?
A pair of dogtooth wool trousers bought for 50p in a jumble sale when I was art school that I have worn consistently for the last 6 years.
What do you predict is the biggest trend for summer ’13?
I have been seeing a lot of tie-dye prints, fringed jersey, neoprene garments and long shorts coming into stores and on blogs…. perhaps I would call the trend ‘Beach Luxe’?! The lola&grace Pacific Wide Cup Chain Bracelet sums up the trend perfectly – I would get a big stack of them in green and blue, then wear over the top of a long sleeved, black skintight t-shirt on both arms.
Where would you recommend to visit in Stockholm for food, shopping, partying?
In Stockholm, it is all happening in Södermalm. In terms of shopping, menswear boutiques such as Grandpa and Köcksgatan are a must, as well as an obligatory visit to Stockholm’s own, Acne.
Weekday, Monki and Cheap Monday in the same area are perhaps more affordable and a good place to go to spot hipsters. Eating out is expensive here, much better to spend your cash on ‘Fika’, a swedish term that is commonly used to refer to indulging in coffee and cake with friends.
When in London, where is your favourite hangout?
Cat and Mutton pub on Broadway Market, Franz and Evans on Redchurch Street for the best Eggs Florentine I’ve ever tasted and Hampstead Heath bathing ponds in summer.
Best places to shop in London?
F-Troupe just off Carnaby Street (Independent British shoe brand)
A.P.C. on Redchurch Street for quality basics (such as the perfect Breton stripe tee.)
Artwords bookshop on Broadway Market for obscure fashion magazines.
Dover Street market.
Labour and Wait on Redchurch Street for old school house equipment.
And finally, how would you work lola&grace into your look?