Q: You love form, but what is it?
Form is a term used in the art world to describe the visible shape or the particular way in which something appears. Essentially everything has a form, but we can often become numb to different versions of it. I get really excited about form when I can twist it, stretch it, or kind of let the ideas about what’s correct melt away. It’s all my way of telling the different versions of who I am. Some people explore with color or pattern, I’m just especially drawn to form.
Q: How are you bringing form into your outfitting?
When I’m traveling around giving trend and lifestyle talks, I really put forth an extra effort to emphasize whatever trend I am presenting on. Bigger buttons, stronger shoulders, overly exaggerated pant lengths; and even sometimes going to a place with my outfits where some might consider it confusing – contrasting really beautiful pieces with something rough. If I’m going to study it and talk about it, I want to do my best to live it.
Q: You have referenced that what you do is a sort of psychology. If you were to analyze your personal style – what would your conclusion be?
Ok, if I’m doing this, let’s do this… A lot of people tell me that my personality is a contrast to my physical appearance – and I think in a way that’s a response to the years of reactions people have when they first meet me. Often times, strangers peg me as a nurse or a teacher – and those are fantastic professions that do not get nearly enough of the respect they deserve – but that’s also not who I am. The words that come out of my mouth can be quite vivid and even rough in comedic contexts — there’s a power inside of me that isn’t necessarily always as syrupy as one would think.
Q: And how does form give a picture of who you are?
Ultimately, I am really afraid of being a cliché. And pairing contrasting shapes or experimenting with exaggerated lengths helps me remind people that there’s something more going on inside of here than the sweet girl that grew up on a small Danish island. However, I’ve also worked really hard to allow myself to buy the black skinny jeans that everyone else has — because in reality, sometimes you just need a pair of black skinny jeans.
Q: How did you find your way to Trend and Lifestyle Editor?
I come from many years of working as a stage designer and interior stylist in Copenhagen. One night I was at a party where my friend was going around introducing everyone. She pointed to her friend Maria and said, “Maria, she’s the comedian,” and then pointed at me saying, “and that’s Rikke, she’s an aesthetic. I was a bit dumbfounded by it; but as the rest of my friends confirmed, she was actually quite right. I guess they understood me better than I understood myself. It was those sorts of external confirmations that connected the truth with mind, and over time I’ve made decisions in my life that have naturally lead me into the business of trend and lifestyle editing.
Q: How have you been able to take this work and translate it to real business?
Freelancing has been an amazing opportunity for me to really create my own flow for creativity. I can insert myself into the business of companies and be focused on exactly what they need; but by being able to take myself out of those stricter confines, I’m able to still work from my heart. And by doing work that’s coming from the heart, I’ve been able to do work I’m really proud of; all while slowly carving out a network interested in working with what I’m able to offer. It’s always been my dream to be so true to myself and to really stand up for what I believe in – even in a world as tough as this one – and it’s pretty amazing that with time I’ve been granted such fortitude and trust.
Q: As a professional, what are some of the trends we can look forward to for Spring / Summer ’17?
The title we at Pej Gruppen have given to SS17 is, The Good Life. It’s at this point where people are finally opening up after the crisis. I even get sick of saying that word… crisis. Collectively, we’re all getting a little more money and we aren’t as afraid of buying as we were just a couple seasons ago. Because of that, everything is going to start becoming a bit more decadent. Heavier, darker wood, excessive fabric, more volume — the “less is more” look will slowly fade away. We start seeing more rounded shapes, adding to the comfort of the decadence. And the entire spectrum of purple will begin to invade your closets and interior. Purple is often associated with something royal, something luxurious — and SS17’s use of purple is proof that we’re not afraid to see luxury again.
Q: Interior stylist, scenographer, then a trend editor — what comes next?
I love what I’m doing now; however, I can say that since starting this work — my personal style has become so much more confusing to me. It’s a lot of input coming one’s way, and through all the sifting of trends, it can be distracting in figuring out what exactly it is that I love for myself. There are definitely days where I dream of being wrinkled and old and skipping all the anthropology of trends to do something that is just strictly art. Working with form and creating something with my hands, all with no need to figure out why I am doing it – that could be bliss.