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From Norway, With Love.


Designer of the moment: Elise Øverland

“Designer Elise Øverland developed an interest in fashion at an early age. Growing up in Norway, surrounded by the Scandinavian mountains, she was instinctively drawn to raw materials-silks and leathers with substance and power.

After studying business at the University of San Francisco, Øverland earned a BFA in fashion design at New York’s Parsons School of Design. With her distinctive aesthetic and functional clothes, Øverland quickly became a sought-after designer for one-of-a-kind rock-n-roll stage pieces, creating designs for the White Stripes, Alicia Keys, and the Dixie Chicks.

In 2006, Øverland shifted her focus to more feminine designs, refining her work for production and expanding her reach to a wider audience. Øverland’s eponymous label reflects her own personal style, echoing the lifestyle of a chic, modern woman.” —






As for Øverland’s Fall 2009 collection…


NEW YORK, February 14, 2009
By Nicole Phelps


“Shakira wore Elise Øverland‘s black leather leggings to perform at the Lincoln Memorial concert two days before the inauguration. So it was hardly a surprise to see a surfeit of leather at the designer’s Fall presentation; what was exciting were all the ways she found to manipulate and treat it. A soft little blazer in what looked like purple lamé was in fact a spray-painted lambskin. Another jacket, this one boxier, cropped, and trimmed with mirrored paillettes sourced in India, was made from scratched and coated lambskin that had the stiff consistency of much more expensive eel. “Shimmer” was the show’s theme, inspired, Øverland said, by a book about Japanese sushi given to her by her friend Alexander Rower. The same friend also happened to loan the designer his grandfather Alexander Calder’s gold jewelry. Not all of the clothes lived up to the artist’s timeless necklaces and crowns; some suffered by comparison. But other numbers, like a little cocktail dress with one studded shoulder strap, were plenty cool all on their own.” —



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