Oslo - Historic, picturesque and somewhat isolated, has never been seen as a fashion mecca. Yet, some of the trendiest styles and mixes can be regularly spotted on its streets.

Influenced by the influx of immigrants during the 1990's, Oslo fashion has become tip of the spear. Scarfs, pullovers, boots and leggings make the Winters a fashion wonder. And with the Fall months now upon us (again), the layers, muted colors, subtle patterns and funky footwear are beginning to emerge after the typical short but sweet Norwegian summer. So take a look at Oslo and enjoy the creative fashions that fill its streets....

Friday, May 20, 2011

17 May 2011, Norway's Independence Day ...."Nasjonaldagen"

Norway's National Day (similar to July 4th in the U.S) brings everyone into the streets in celebration of Norway's independence from Sweden that took place 1814. Parades and celebrations mark the entire day, as Norway's citizenry hit the streets with pomp and circumstance regardless of the weather. This year, there was nothing but sunshine and a cool breeze, making for a super celebration across Oslo and beyond. One of the most visually stunning sights are the multicolored, embroidered national costumes (Bunad/Bunader) that are worn by a large part of the population as a festive garment for weddings, baptisms, confirmations and of course May 17th. Many of these Bunader represent from where a family originally hails within Norway and they are cherished and honored by those who own and wear them. They are impeccably crafted and many of the outfits have been passed down from generation to generation. Highlighted by the bright sun, they created a constant stream of color and patterns, swirling through the streets, worn by old, young and toddlers alike. They are beautifully tailored of wools and cottons, with edgings and layers of patterns and designs creating a regal silhouette that is then adorned with gold and silver buttons, clasps and amulets. The loyalty and pride with which these worn demonstrate the deep patriotism of this small country (only 4.8 million people) and seeing so many of all ages out and about on “syttende mai” in full regalia is a sight to behold. It is easy to see why Norwegians love patterns, style and color in their mode quoditienne. It is literally part of who they are and where they came from…..

1 comment:

Style Dilettante said...

LOVE this post! I learned something about your culture! And let me tell you, your people are beautiful and stylish (but that I already knew!)