LARS WALLIN, Fashion Designer
To describe Lars Wallin, the designer and the man,
is a difficult task. He seems to attain a level of excellence in
everything he attempts. As couturier, he is very creative and
functions like an artist.
Lars Wallin made his breakthrough in Stockholm,
Sweden, in 1990 and made instant success for the elegance,
glamour and exquisite tailoring in his creations.
Today he embellishes the world with his haute
couture including bridal, adding his ready-to-wear and mens
collection. He creates eveningwear of high international class
with natural elegance and personality. His designs are modern,
sophisticated and classic at the same time.
MANY PRESTIGIOUS ASSIGNMENTS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO LARS WALLIN THROUGH THE YEARS
The Miss Sweden and the Miss Universe
Contests, where he designed the evening gowns.
The Miss World Contest, where Lars Wallin
1997 was awarded Best evening gown.
The Eurovision Song Contest, where his design
has been highly praised.
Vanna White, Roxette, Vendela Kirsebom, Lena
Olin, Anita Ekberg and
Isabella Scorupco wear Lars Wallin designs.
HIS HAUTE COUTURE
Lars Wallin stands for the reinterpretation and
triumphant restoration of haute couture, enabling requirements of
a new clientele. His creations return to the values of
made-to-measure and to a more personalized form of design.
HIS READY TO WEAR
They combine ready-to-wear with made-to-measure,
demonstrating that the two disciplines are perfectly capable of
living in harmony within the organisation and of addressing
different occasions in the same womans life.
Wallins creations are timeless classics, less
dependent on vagaries of taste. He creates evening dresses that
fit the body without excessive elaboration or dissimulation,
employing a flowing line. Yet, this apparent simplicity conceals
a lengthy preparation process.
WALLIN ON LARS WALLIN
My challenge is
to create very feminine clothing with a modern feeling. My vision
is to work with wide contrasts both in design and fabrics and
still reach a great sense of harmony in the end. I design for
very self-confident women who love to be looked at and therefore
choose very expressive clothes. My fashion does not fit a
"I always say, that clothing is neither art nor
fashion. The result is fashion but when Im working on it,
it's like art. I refine each detail to perfection and play with
the fabrics. Nothing should appear exaggerated.
call it art-fashion.
PRESENTATION FROM 1997
"Lars Wallin's work is an ironic assault on the haute couture circus but at the same time a manifesto to follow it's traditions." David Lind
Lars Wallin is a fashion designer, based in Stockholm, the Swedish capital. His already elaborated style is easily recognized by its distinct shapes, sculpted from the female body. But if the clothes sometimes feel like haute couture, it is only as a flirt with past traditions.
Lars Wallin is always living in the present - mentally, physically and emotionally - visualizing his ideas in the clothes. Knowing about his great fascination for New York, one cannot help associating his sharp, but not aggressive, cutting to skyscrapers, or other urban graphics. The clever choice of fabrics - traditional material mixed with plastic, rubber or metal thread - also creates an urban atmosphere, suited for nightclubs and other unorthodox, but sophisticated, places. As do the color palette, where the rainbow kisses the hologram; a union between the streetsmart and the sublime. It holds a special place in the heart of the designer, who thinks inks colors have a positive influence on the mind "in a world already so darkened".
The clothes of Lars Wallin illustrate what Coco Channel once said: "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion has to do with ideas, with the way we live, with what is happening. "And Lars Wallin is definitely "'with it". Most of all it shows in the way he pictures women: "Too me, modern women means strength. There is nothing wrong in empowering the female body."
Maria Österberg Ben Saad