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Karl Lagerfeld for Orrefors

This week Orrefors had the presentation of the Collection they created together with Karl Lagerfeld.

The Collection contains champagne glasses and champagne bowls, wine, water and liqueur glasses in  the strict, functional and elegant style. In clear glass, black or white milk glass,sometimes engraved with the KL-monogram. Not only beautiful and stylish but also practical because the glasses also sell related coasters to prevent stainson tablecloths and stripes on the tabletops. The collection is also available in a limited edition collection with a large round bowl and two vases, one rectangular and one cylindrical, all of which rests on four crystal globes on translucent platforms

The Karl Lagerfeld collection of Orrefors crystal will also be available in gift boxes containing pairs of monogrammed champagne flutes and separately sold boxes of engraved coasters to place under them. These will be available in Europe as of 1 September 2011, then released in the United States for sale exclusively at Bloomingdale’s from 15 October, to go nationwide on 1 November. The Karl Lagerfeld series exudes functionality down to the tiniest detail.

Besides from the KL monogrammed Black and White glassesfree standing geometrical cloud” like Karl described the white ones in a short video , you will notice each glass from the collection comes with an “under-glass”.

See the collection presentation here

Around the world Orrefors is associated with high quality glassware in intimate association with genuine craftsmanship. Orrefors is part of the Swedish crystal and design company Orrefors Kosta Boda AB, with a history dating back to 1742. Orrefors Kosta Boda AB is the largest glassworks group in the Nordic countries, situated in the Kingdom of Crystal in the southern part of Sweden. Orrefors products are sophisticated, timeless and pure in its design

The Orrefors glassworks has been a Swedish institution for over a century, carrying on the age-old tradition of hand-blown glass shaped by master artisans. With its exquisite engravings, streamlined forms and colours ranging from delicate to rich, the Orrefors brand is one of the great symbols of Swedish design and luxury. It is a world-wide brand, gracing the finest tables such as the Swedish Royal Palace.

Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
June 11th, 2011 - 11:18 in Inspirations

Iris Apfel – Rare bird of Fashion

Today I would like to introduce to you Iris Apfel.

This remarkable Lady I ran into many times on the street during the years I lived in New York. Mostly it was on 5th Avenue close to 56th street so I believe she lives close to Central Park. Always wearing big sunglasses and with a look that just cant take your eyes away.

I remember thinking of her for days after seeing her. She is those kind of people that you can´t stop think about. What is her life like? What did she do when she was young? When did she start explore the world of fashion? and How did she come up with her personal strong style?

This is the story of Iris Apfel

She studied art history at New York University and attended art school at the University of Wisconsin. As a young woman Barrel worked for Womans Wear Daily and for interior designer Elinor Johnson. She also was an assistant to illustrator Robert Goodman.

In 1948 she married Carl Apfel. Two years later they launched the textile firm Old World Weavers and ran it until they retired in 1992. During this time, Iris Apfel took part in many design restoration projects, including work at the White House for nine presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton.

In 2005, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City premiered an exhibition about the fashionable style of Iris Apfel entitled Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel.

Iris Apfel is a woman who has always been ahead of her time. More than 50 years ago as an interior designer looking for fine traditional silk-woven fabrics, she recognized an opportunity and, along with her husband, Carl, founded Old World Weavers. She built it into one of the most prestigious brands in the world of textiles and interior design and the authority on antique textile reproductions. Thirteen years ago it was sold to Stark Carpets Co., and the Apfels have remained as consultants. The exquisite workmanship and exclusive fabric designs drew the attention of the most discriminating clients – including Greta Garbo, Marjorie Merriweather Post and Estée Lauder. Old World Weavers was also awarded many important restoration projects, which included work at the White House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Flagler Museum in West Palm Beach.

Apfel has been an influential pioneer in the world of fashion as well, boldly linking high- and low-end and melding flea market finds with haute couture long before doing so was considered fashionable. Her richly layered combinations of colors, textures and patterns show her remarkable panache.









When Interviewd by Panacheprivee she stated following about her personal style and her love for Accessories.

You really are an original. How would you describe your remarkable personal style?
I think dressing up or down should be a creative experience. Exciting. Fun. Whenever possible, it’s really great to start with a marvelously cut designer piece and build on it.

For me the key to personal style lies in accessories. My friends tell me that my oversized glasses and my pairs of bracelets have become my unwritten signature. I have amassed an enormous “collection” of bags, belts, bangles and beads without which I would be lost. One can change the entire look of an outfit by substituting one accessory for another. I love objects from different worlds, different eras, combined my way. Never uptight, achieving – hopefully – a kind of throwaway chic.


You can also see an Interview here Iris Apfel

Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
June 7th, 2011 - 11:03 in Inspirations

Memory Lane

Wanted to take you back Memory Lane. This pictures is from my Final Collection “The Leftovers” at the Milan Fashion Design School Istituto Europeo di Design ModaLab.

The knitted scarf is the reason why I got my first job and that I entered a worldwide carrer in Accessories Design. I still love very much working with knit and you can all look forward to the fall/winter collection where we will have knitted styles.

The pictures are taken by Antonio “Tony” Robles and Hair made by Kilian Marin.


















Louise Bramstedt - Lobra Loves
June 1st, 2011 - 13:17 in Lobra
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