• Hotell Kung Carl

    Written by Fashion Tales

    It’s been a long time since the entertainment scene was up and running. The restaurants, hotels and bars are now finally back to life . Hotel Kung Carl steps in to a new era and welcomes the new ”Belle epoque”. The hotel has now opened a new cocktail bar and bistro, la Belle epoque. They also opened a new wine bar, jazz club and a new fresh party floor for private events.

    La Belle epoque, the bistro you can find in the heart of the hotel, serves north french cuisine. Here you can make an ordinary day a little bit more fancy and have some champagne if you like. Hotel Kung Carl are also known for their jazz evenings. It is a concept that will marry together with the inauguration and be brought to the next level. There’s a back door entrance to ”Bakfickan '' where events, jazz club and jazz brunch are held.

    Hotel Kung Carl is an active part of Stockholm's music scene for live music with jazz bands, DJ bookings, and various artists. There’s a grand entrance that will lead the guests directly into the hotel's cocktail bar. They have a very ambitious cocktail menu inspired from the 20’s. The bar has a wonderful atmosfear that will let the guests relax and enjoy themself.

    Hotel Kung Carl have decided to revitalize the classic Swedish Punch by incorporating the alcoholic liqueur in various cocktails while pairing every drink with quirky and exciting anecdotes from the era. The Hotel relaunches its own punch “Hotel Kung Carl’s punsch”, with origins and original etiquette from the 19th century. The Savor and history have merged in classic cocktails that have acquired a balanced twist and a creative design.

    As early as 1866 Hotel Kung Carl was founded and was the first to use the word restaurant in Sweden. has retained its spirit at the turn of the Swedish century, an era influenced by France. During the ’20s, it became one of Stockholm's most popular haunts for the cultural elite, where Karl Gerhard, August Strindberg, and Hjalmar Söderberg stayed at “Kungen” as they used to call it. The iconic movie star Greta Garbo also frequently used to stay at the hotel during the 30s in room 204. There are many exciting stories about this Stockholm treasure that will be breathed life into - in new ways. Dust off your finest coat, enjoy live music, treat yourself to something extra on an ordinaryTuesday. Let's enjoy a new era!

  • Exploring the History of Androgynous Fashion

    Written by Louise Pauline by Thea Undemo

    Fashion is an avenue for self-expression through clothing, which is why people are always experimenting and pushing the boundaries of fashion. It’s no surprise that androgynous fashion is emerging as one of the most popular trends today, as individuals seek to showcase their identities outside typical, traditionally gendered clothing. Designers and companies across the world report that more and more consumers are seeking gender-neutral apparel. But contrary to what most people would believe, androgynous fashion isn’t actually a fresh, 21st-century addition. In fact, the first examples of androgynous fashion can be traced as far back as the 17th century. Here’s a brief look at the style's history.

    The Beginnings of Androgynous Fashion
    The social constructionist view of gender is rooted in feminist and sociological theories.
    This view essentially paints gender as something that is determined by society— and that includes gender presentation through clothing. Dressing styles throughout history were imposed by social constructs. Traditionally, trousers were a male form of dress, while skirts are associated with women. But social constructs can change, especially when you start factoring in the human desire to stand out, be individual, and live more freely. Though Coco Chanel may be known for little black dresses, she was actually a pioneer in designing pants and masculine silhouettes for women in the early 1900’s. Chanel was an advocate for allowing people to express themselves based on their preferences, so she provided women with more options by designing women’s suits as well as feminine dresses. Designers followed suit in the next years, with iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent crafting tuxedos for women in the 1960s.

    Spotlight on Androgynous Fashion
    The advent of media past the 1900s popularized the concept of androgynous couture.
    The likes of Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, and Jimi Hendrix were all the top trendsetters and controversy sparkers of their time with their more ‘effeminate’ styling choices, while British youth group Teddy Girls wore suit and ties adorned with female accessories. Another one of the most popular androgynous fashion icons was David Bowie, who was never one to shy away from defying gender norms through his unique personas. Following Bowie's influence, the New York Times coined the term “unisex” in 1968 to describe chunky Monster shoes that suit both men's and women's fashion. Recognizing the power of gender-neutral fashion, the term is still used to this date as an umbrella term for androgynous couture. In the late 70s and 80s, POC and LGBTQ+ musical icons in pop culture made waves in the scene. The Black mega pop star Prince was known for dabbling in high heels, silk camisoles, lace gloves, and the like during performances and magazine spreads. Queer lead singer of Queen Freddie Mercury also gave a new definition to masculinity by incorporating feminine touches into his signature look. Moreover, avant-garde designers such as Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo meshed masculine and feminine characteristics into a truly androgynous style of fashion.

    21st Century and Beyond
    In the early 21st century, androgyny became more of a mainstay in the industry, especially as androgynous shoots became more popular in high fashion and magazine spreads. Media also began to prefer a more ‘androgynous look’ for models, actors, and other celebrities. Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Ruby Rose, and Tilda Swinton, as well as modern pop stars like Lil Nas X, Harry Styles, Jaden Smith, and Cara Delevigne, are celebrated for fearlessly being themselves and rallying for the normalization of androgynous looks not just in showbiz, but also in everyday fashion. As we celebrate these modern celebrities, we also take the time to look back on those who have pioneered the whole androgynous style movement. We still have a long way to go, of course— but then again, fashion is ever-changing, and so is society.

    photography Sandra Myhrberg
    fashion & casting Fernando Torres
    makeup Elvira Brandt using Nars & De Cure
    hair Milla Gisselfeldt / MIKAs Looks
    talents Nimra / Fiiri Agency & Jon)
    fashion assistant Katija Hirsch
    general assistants Nike Ortiz Dahl & Edwin Eriksson
  • photography & fashion Alexander Urombi
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    shirt Acne Studios
    pants Our Legacy
    shoes Reebok Club 85
    glasses Bavé's Own
    tie J. Lindeberg

    Words Into Melodies, an Interview With Bavé

    Written by Selma Omar Costa by Thea Undemo

    The Stockholm music scene has a new addition to keep an eye on. Bavé released his debut EP ‘In Vermouth’ in September 2021. It is saturated by escapism and takes us back to warm late nights and summer nostalgia. His charismatic stage presence is influenced by iconic guitar heroes and he has no fear of venturing into new territories. We met in his charming underground Stockholm studio to get deeper into his background, dreamy sensual sound, inspirations and first ever live performance.

    What’s in your Vermouth? How often do people mispronounce the album title?
    My Vermouth is both a place and a drink, which is why it's treated as the two on the album: first track is called Vermouth but the album is named In Vermouth. You’re in Vermouth, drunk on Vermouth. It’s intentional and perhaps a little confusing, but it will be a way to use the listener's own imagination and provide room for interpretation. People, at least Swedes, tend to mispronounce it and I think it might be because they think of Vermont. Bartenders always get it right though.

    When you create music, what are you most inspired by?
    For me, it is always first and foremost about text. Which is usually inspired by coming-of-age movies, books, teenage dramas - the classic, person X meets person Y who in turn changes one person's life over a summer. I can never get tired of portrayals of teenage love.

    Where does In Vermouth transport you?
    I am transported to the summer of 2018, when I moved to Stockholm after living on the island Biskops Arnö and writing music for a year. Almost everything that is treated on the EP takes place just before and after that summer in terms of time. It is and will remain the best summer of my life I think!

    It is a hugely personal and intimate album for you that takes you to a specific time in life. At the same time you give listeners their own room for interpretation through the title in a way. Where do you want to transport your listeners?
    I would like to transport them to love as they see it, sex, fresh fruits, the sun, swimming together with friends, alcohol, summer and late after-parties that you overstay for way too long.

    In your interview in P3, you talk about your single “Summer House”, how it has a deeper meaning for you and is dedicated to your mother. But also how it reflects on class differences you experienced growing up segregated. Where is “home” for you and how does it show in you as a person?
    I was born and raised in Gottsunda and kind of always thought that that’s always where home was going to be for me. But every time I go there I just feel more distanced from the physical place. Not that it has changed much but rather because I have found home to be where my friends are. And we have changed. Gottsunda still shows in me as the everyday hustler and smooth talker I am though.

    You feel more distanced from the physical place, but do you feel that the place has somehow inspired your music?
    I guess it might have subconsciously affected some of the themes in my writing, but not musically.

    So what or whom has inspired your sound?
    A lot of psychedelic rock music, Funkadelic and Jimi Hendrix for instance. But also the nature in Nancy Sinatra and the sex in Prince.

    Is there any song that has had a greater impact on the body of the entire EP?
    In terms of sound, I would say the title track Vermouth, which also was the first song written for the EP. It was the first track me and Leo Goldmann did where both of us had an aha moment; this is how we want the EP to sound. That song kind of became the framework or color palette that we kept looking back at while writing other songs.

    When you collaborate with someone like Leo, how do you communicate a feeling between each other?
    Leo and I have a very special bond where we can tap into the same energy real quick. For instance, before making ''Skies'' we both knew that we wanted to write something to dance to. I hit the bathroom for literally two minutes when I heard him playing the bass riff for it. I just entered the room again and sang ''Star-spangled eyes'' and that was that.

    How did Leo help develop your sound?
    I would say that it would be a combination of him being way ahead of me on the technical side of things, but also that he has a background playing in bands. Leo being a drummer levitated the shit out of my sound. I think this is what gives our music that small indie-rock vibe you sometimes can hear on the EP, but also what is now a requirement for both of us - that the music sounds organic.

    What kind of music are you listening to at the moment?
    I’m very much listening to the local scene at the moment - Jelly Crystal, Venus fantastic debut EP, NEY LIQA and June Vide. The sound of Stockholm has never been so sexy.

    Do you have any dream collaboration?
    I would love to make a Rick Rubin record barefoot at his place. I think he could push me into interesting head-spaces.
    You had your first live performance at Södra Teatern in October last year.

    How did it feel?
    First of all, I felt nothing. I didn't even really understand what had happened until a whole day later. Once I landed it was as if every second I had spent in the studio had been leading up to that moment. Seeing hundreds of beautiful, unknown faces sing my songs is completely indescribable.

    How did the gig come about?
    Södra Teatern called me and I panicked because it was in two weeks and I had no band. My friends told me to accept the offer, which I did and a couple of days later Leo and I found Theo Kylin (guitar) and Karl Perlskog (drums).

    You looked very comfortable on stage for your first performance. You may not have any stage fright, but is there something you tap into to make you feel at home on stage?
    Actually, I do have stage fright but I was completely gone once I stood up there. I tapped into my Prince mode and I knew that standing still before the microphone was no option. The dancing part comes more naturally for me than the singing just because I've danced since I was a kid and still do. Honestly it was the singing I was worried about. Before doing the show I even called my friend Stella Cartiers (Stella Explorer) for tips. She basically told me that you always sing off-key a bit at the beginning which calmed me a lot. And I'm pretty sure I did (sing off-key), which is aight.

    How do you feel like the album translates when it's performed live?
    There are parts of the album that get lighter and darker when I perform live. On the EP, In Vermouth has this floral, quiet and vacuum-type vibe. Whereas live, more instruments are added and the hard, dark and psychedelic sides of it are channeled, which gives me room to behave as I do on stage. It's like the backside of Vermouth when playing it live. I want people to recognize the songs while offering them a new experience.

    What did you take with you from your studies while studying at the island Biskops Arnö?
    I understood the importance of isolation while creating but also the total opposite - to let people in.

    It’s been a while since the EP was released and we've had the time to vibe and learn the lyrics. What can we expect from Bavé in 2022?
    This year me and the team are trying to pick up the pace a bit. There will be more music and I’m excited to hopefully be able to perform again.

    jacket Weekday
    shirt Acne Studios
    pants Our Legacy
    shoes Reebok Club 85
    glasses Bavé's Own
    tie J. Lindeberg
    top Our Legacy
    boxers Calvin Klein
    shoes Reebok x Awake
    glasses Bavé's Own
    t-Shirt ULAX Studios
    pants Daily Paper
    boots Saint Laurent
    glasses Bavé's Own
    belt BB Simon
    t-shirt, pants & mules Our Legacy
    glasses Bavé's Own