I wonder if there is some sort of exclusive class that European children get to take in grade school to brief them on how to dress incredibly. No? Then it has got to be better genes, because there is just something so striking about the way Europeans wear clothing; this week's Fashionista functions as exhibit A. This Norwegian style icon has all the right digs to make a fashion hunter whip out her camera faster than you can roll The Sartorialist off your tongue. She dished on the Minneapolis fashion scene and the best places for fashion finds in the Twin Cities with me, and I recap the interview below.
Name: Ingrid Ellen Nedrebo
CollegeFashionista: Tell me a bit about what influences your style.
Ingrid Ellen Nedrebo: Definitely magazines, movies, people on the street etc., but I am also a huge fan of the Scandinavian fashion scene, which has an influence. I pay particular attention to Swedish & Norwegian fashion blogs; they definitely know style. I love how far they can get by pairing a relaxed and minimalistic outfit with a bag, a piece of jewelry or a pair of shoes that really stand out.
CF: And what about the American fashion scene, specifically Minneapolis: What are your thoughts on the fashion scene here?
IEG: To be honest, I wish Minneapolis as a whole had a more fashion forward and individualistic-focused sense of style. There are definitely a lot of exceptions, and it’s not like I am the poster-child for being fashion forward, but it just seems like people are often labeled as either a “hipster” or as the antithesis [to hipster] — preppy, fratty, sorority-esque, whatever. It’s kind of getting old. Correct me if I am wrong! [Laughter] But I do think there are some awesome shops to hit up here.
CF: No, definitely an arguable point! Which shops are your favorites around the cities?
IEG: I adore Parc Boutique in Northeast Minneapolis. For sure my go-to spot. And gh2, which is right next to Parc [Boutique], is awesome for affordable brand clothing that is usually 1/3 or 1/4 off the retail price. I've gotten a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti boots and a purse from Dior there each for under a hundred bucks. Total steals.
CF: Uh wow–incredible finds. So, if you could swap closets with one person, who would it be?
IEG: Italian fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni [website here]. Not only does this girl have every type of Chanel, Balenciaga, Céline and Givenchy bag under the sun, but she pairs all her couture clothing with affordable items from places like H&M and Zara. Her closet is never ending.
CF: Never ending closet, new invention anyone? I’m sure you’ve got quite the closet, too, so what would you say is your absolute favorite piece hanging in yours?
IEG: I’m gonna go with my black Céline wool coat. That thing is so versatile. Depending on what I wear underneath, I can either look ultra feminine, or slightly androgynous. Oh, and my off white Converse shoes. A tad cliché, but they've been through hell and back with me.
How To: Replicate this Euro-chic ensemble with a pair of über cool printed harem pants, and pack a punch of outfit perfection with an embellished collar à la tank. Complete the look with a pair of spiked Litas for the edge effect, and you'll have passerbys craining their necks to get a look at the Euro gal on the city streets. You'll play it so well, Fashionistas.