H&M Life asked our favourite creatives about their summer plans. Turns out they will visit places like Stockholm, Los Angeles and Greece – while listening to Kygo and Say Lou Lou, Getty Images.

H&M Life asked our favourite creatives about their summer plans. Turns out they will visit places like Stockholm, Los Angeles and Greece – while listening to Kygo and Say Lou Lou, Getty Images.

The Summer Q&A

What song will we hear everywhere this summer? And what piece of clothing will everyone wear? We asked some of our favourite creatives about their summer plans.

Axwell & Ingrosso, Getty Images.

AXWELL & INGROSSO

DJs and producers

Instagram: @axwell and @ingrosso

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“We spend most of it based in Ibiza and then we travel all over Europe for our shows from there. The island is one of our favourite places and our residency at Ushuaia is important for us. In August we play [the festival] OutsideLands in America, which we're looking forward to immensely. Basically we're everywhere in the summer!”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“Work in the studio! It’s inspiring to be honest, to look out and see the rain against the window and be in the warmth of the studio.”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“Comfort is important when you travel a lot, but on stage we always make the effort. Jeans/high tops/tee's and jackets.”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST OR WORST SUMMER MEMORY?
“Early years in Ibiza… connecting airports to get there from Stockholm and seeing the amazing music coming together and being asked to play there for the first time. And of course Midsummer in Sweden is an amazing time. Sweden is beautiful in the summer.”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“Here Comes The Sun by George Harrison and of course… Sun Is Shining by us!”

 

Leaf Greener, Getty Images.

LEAF GREENER

Stylist and creative consultant 

Instagram: @leaf_greener

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“I will go to Bali. I love to spend my summers by the ocean. Being Chinese, I need a visa to go [almost] anywhere. Bali is very easy for me to travel to because I don't need a visa. I love to stay at the Aman hotel – the view and service is one of the best in Bali.”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“Either I go to the HengShan movie theatre, which is one of the most remarkable Art Deco heritage buildings in Shanghai, or I just stay in my bed, which I designed myself, and read a great book. Right now I’m reading Multiple Signatures about how graphic design is shaping the world.” 

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“I adore long silhouette dresses with different textiles and styles. Knitted or cotton, printed or sequined, chiffon or lace, denim or suede. I love them all.”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUMMER MEMORY?
“I went to Pitti Oumo in 2012. I love everything about Florence and I always love to wear menswear. I especially adore the traditional tailored Italian menswear. And Florence is such a beautiful city. I marvelled at the beautiful houses of the Medici family, and all the museums. The most important thing, is the gelato, which is my favourite food in the summer.”  

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“Maybe You from Swedish-Australian sisters/band Say Lou Lou.” 

 

Tina Leung.

TINA LEUNG

Stylist

Instagram: @tinaleung

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“It’s different every summer depending on work load and just on my mood. I spent last summer in Paris, eating ice cream every day, visiting galleries, staring at the sky and watching the clouds pass, walking around aimlessly discovering and falling more in love with the city… [I also took] a couple of crazy jaunts to Ibiza to shake things up with good friends. This summer, I’m thinking of being based in Florence, learning the language and learning how to make shoes! Let’s see if things work out that way… Who knows what might happen!”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“I absolutely adore reading in bed on a rainy day. I can literally stay in bed all day and if it’s raining, all the better, because it makes me feel less guilty!”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“I’m loving the loose bohemian silhouettes. Long trapeze dresses, wide- legged trousers, off the shoulder cotton tops, platform raffia canvas lace-ups or suede gladiator sandals. Huge, huge sunglasses. The bigger the better!”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST OR WORST SUMMER MEMORY?
“One of the best was last summer. The freedom I felt was amazing. One of the worst could have been the summer I spent in New York City, when my boyfriend at the time broke up with me over the phone for the millionth time. But then I ended up having an amazing time in the city. So, I guess, there really is no ‘worst’ summer memory for me luckily!”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“Ooo… I have so many! This is too difficult to answer!! Haha!“

 

Alisa Ueno.

ALISA UENO

Creative director Fig&Viper 

Instagram: @alisaueno

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“I usually stay in Tokyo because of my job, but this summer break, I’m planning to go to Ibiza and other parts of Europe to see my friends.”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“Rainy days don’t affect my regular schedule. Therefore, I do my daily stuff.”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“This summer, I’ll dress in 70's and bohemian fashion. I want to wear cotton-laced summer dresses, flared pants and some shirring crop tops or flared-sleeve tops! Ah I can’t wait!!!”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST OR WORST SUMMER MEMORY?
“The best summer memory that I have is when I went to Okinawa with my eight girlfriends. And also when I went to Berlin to see my lovely friends who live there! Thankfully, I have never had a bad summer.”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“Sexual Healing, the Kygo remix. Anything by Kygo!!!”

 

Aleali May, Getty Images.

ALEALI MAY

Stylist and image consultant 

Instagram: @alealimay

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“I spend the majority of my summer in Los Angeles. Food, friends, art, and outdoor activities are the best.”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“Rainy days are great for movies and homemade deserts!”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“Denim cut-off trousers and shorts, with oversize graphic tees and sneakers.”

WHAT IS YOUR BEST MEMORY?
“Every year my summers get better, and my favourite time is when celebrating July 4th.”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“All Day by Kanye West.“

 

Pandora Sykes, Getty Images.

PANDORA SYKES

Fashion features editor, The Sunday Times Style 

Instagram: @pinsykes

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“A different place every summer. This year the south of France with perhaps some Cornwall and Norfolk thrown in – I love an English beach!”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“Read! I am a voracious reader. Or Scrabble, I want to become stupendously good.“

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“Denim (this year button-down or with raw edge, embroidery or trim and bi-contrast), white and black cotton dresses (normally [Isabel] Marant), a vintage suede jacket, sandals from Jeffrey Campbell and my new golden Chloé pumps will be good. I have an H&M egg yolk top and skirt which I am obsessed with, great sunshine colour for summer!”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUMMER MEMORY?
“Best memory is around ten years ago on a Scottish island. Thirty of my friends and family in the searing heat, water skiing and seal sporting!”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“It's terrible but I'm obsessed with Is it cos I'm cool by Mousse T. It has such joyful vibe – it was even my ring tone for a while!”

 

Zanita Whittington.

ZANITA WHITTINGTON

Blogger zanita.com and photographer 

Instagram: @zanitazanita

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“I travel so much for work that all I want to do over the summer is stay at home! I live in Sweden so I’m hoping to go on a road trip to Dalarna and spend time in a country house on the mirrored lakes. That’s my idea of paradise.”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“Rainy days are always spent working – one of my favourite tasks is editing in Photoshop. It’s very creative and therapeutic.” 

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“I’m actually terrible at dressing for warm weather, which is ironic because I’m from Australia. I love to wear printed floaty dresses and simple t-shirts with shorts. I’m very casual.”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUMMER MEMORY?
“The first time I visited the lakes in Sweden and saw the sunset over the water, it’s one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever witnessed. In a photo you can’t tell which is the sky and which is the lake because the reflection is so clear. Heaven!”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“Right now I love Make Me Feel Better by Alex Adair, it’s like sunshine for your ears!”

 

Nikki Pennie, Getty Images.

NIKKI PENNIE

Stylist and DJ

Instagram: @theshej

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“Usually in Europe as I will go home to UK to visit my family and friends, then I might do a trip to France, Italy, Spain or Greece. The English countryside in the summer is my haven!”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“My fave thing is to stay in bed and binge watch a TV show or old movies like Pretty Woman etc. Living in LA there are very few rainy days unlike London, so when there is one it's quite a treat to stay in bed and not feel guilty lol!”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“With colours and neutrals! I am also getting into metallic right now. Loving the whole boho chic vibe. Obviously all in H&M, it features predominantly in my wardrobe :)). I love sneakers and if I had my way would wear them with everything!"

WHAT’S YOUR BEST OR WORST SUMMER MEMORY?
“Ohhhh there are so many!! I do have one memory almost a decade ago when my friend and I spent our three-month summer break from university travelling around the Greek Islands. We got jobs at a bar and we were both terrible at making cocktails... Great at drinking them though so we lost our jobs after a week… It was a fun experience!“

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“Summer by Calvin Harris.”

 

Andy Torres.

ANDY TORRES

Blogger stylescrapbook.com, fashion freelancer

Instagram: @stylescrapbook

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“I am lucky enough to have a job where I get to travel a lot and my life can be pretty unexpected at times, so every summer is a completely new experience. I normally try to spend at least a part of it at the beach, but Amsterdam (where I currently live) is an amazing city to be in during this season. Everyone is having boat ride picnics on the canals. The city comes to life, it’s pretty incredible!”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“I've always been into exercising, so I have this little station in my apartment with a yoga mat, kettlebells, ankle weights, etc. So you will most likely find me either squatting all my way down the hallway or binging on my favourite series on Netflix, while ordering my favourite Thai take out.”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“I tend to have a very ‘androgynous’ style and could spend my days wearing ripped jeans, a t-shirt and my favourite leather biker jacket. For the past few weeks though, I have been changing a bit and lace dresses plus gladiator sandals have been catching my eye. The beauty of my job is that I get to experiment with a lot of different styles to keep my readers guessing on what I will be wearing next, so I wouldn't be surprised if I go all out ‘girly’ this summer.”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUMMER MEMORY?
“My best summer memory was definitely the summer of 2013, where I experienced Swedish Midsummer for the first time. Spend a few days at an island in the Swedish Archipelago with great company, eating amazing food and dancing all the way into the night!”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“It’s a tough one to narrow down since I spend most of my time listening to music – and I have a huge list of favourites right now. I have been playing these three on repeat for the past few weeks and I am sure I won't stop anytime soon (make sure you get the right remix!):  Labrinth – Jealous (Bakermat Remix), Lost Frequencies – Are You With Me, Seinabo Sey – Younger (Kygo Remix).

 

Veronika Heilbrunner.

VERONIKA HEILBRUNNER

Stylist and founder Hey-Woman.com

Instagram: @veronikaheilbrunner

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“Having launched a business with my friend and partner Julia Knolle, I am not really in the position of taking a long relaxing holiday. And to be honest, I haven’t even thought of it, as there are more exciting things for me right now (hard to believe, but true for now!). I definitely need to take in sun as much as possible on long weekend trips – for example to the beautiful Hotel Heiligendamm on the German coast. Surely I will visit my best friend in the Cote D'Azur in Cap D'Antibes, and I definitely want to go to Venice for the biennale.”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“I actually like the rain a lot! There is something very romantic about having nothing to do on a summer holiday, looking out of the window, counting raindrops and thinking of what and whatnot.”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“Very 70s! I will wear Woodstock worthy tunics as dresses with a tiny belt on the hips and lace-up sandals.”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUMMER MEMORY?
“The smell of Nivea after-sun tan lotion immediately catapults me to a beautiful holiday memory!”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las – I always listen to it on my friends boat!” 

 

Camille Charrière, Getty Images.

CAMILLE CHARRIÈRE

Blogger camille- overtherainbow.com and fashion consultant

Instagram: @camtyox

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER?
“I love to spend my summer in Europe. From festivals in Denmark (hello Roskilde), to city breaks (Rome and Istanbul are both on the schedule) as well as an escape to the Islands (this year Greece got our vote), we seem to have everything on our doorstep. Can’t wait!”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“On a rainy day I would probably snuggle up at Shoreditch House with a good book (and possibly a glass of red) or end up at the pub with all my friends.”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“This summer I will be massively taping into the seventies trend, so I have stocked up on flared jeans, caramel suedes, denim jackets and bucket bags.”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUMMER MEMORY?
“Last year the weather was so amazing in London (30 degrees Celsius practically everyday all throughout August) that we all cancelled our getaway trips to spend the weekend enjoying the rooftop pool and Pimms at the Shoreditch House. London in the sun is the best!”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“At the moment I can’t stop listening to I Don’t Want to F*** With You by Big Sean. Highly inappropriate but I just can’t seem to turn it off!” 

 

Ella Eyre.

ELLA EYRE

Singer

Instagram: @ellaeyre

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOU SUMMER?
“I’m at every festival I can make time for whether I’m playing or attending. There’s nothing like loud music, sunshine and your best mates in a field.”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
“I can handle a little rain, I just need a thick coat and an umbrella and I’ll be up to my usual antics.”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
“Weather dependent, I’m usually wearing all white; it’s perfect for showing off that tan. I’ll still be wearing my AirMax’s but you’ll most likely see me in something strappy and a pair of Ray Bans.”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUMMER MEMORY?
“Glastonbury 2010, the first festival I ever went to when I was sixteen. It was the best weather they’d had in years and I’d just about passed all my GCSE’s.”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
“Gnarls Barkley’s Smiley Face. It’s ironic because it’s quite a negative song when you listen to it but the beat’s pretty infectious.”

 

Florrie, Getty Images.

FLORRIE

Singer and drummer

Instagram: @Florrie 

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOU SUMMER?
”I spend a lot of my summer at the studio, which is where I am most days anyway! It's in this beautiful house in the English countryside and the garden is amazing. I've also just moved to Brighton, so am looking forward to having my first summer there on the beach and wandering round the cafes and shops in the Lanes.”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY?
”I usually write songs or rehearse, or do something cosy like watching films in my pyjamas all day. There's something nice about a rainy day, which is a good thing as we get a lot of them here in the UK.”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER?
”The thing I love about summer is the feeling of freedom it gives you. I think that's true for summer clothes too, everything seems light and fun. I'm a skinny jeans person for most of the year so I like to finally get my legs out when it's warm!! I love denim shorts, a white t-shirt and booties.”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUMMER MEMORY?
”My best summer memory is quite an old one. I was 7 years old and on holiday with my family in Greece...and it was the first time I ever saw a drum kit! There was a band playing in this little cafe round the corner from our hotel, and we would go there every night. I remember I would sit for hours on this little brick next to the drummer and just watch him, I was totally obsessed. From that moment on I knew I wanted to play drums, and I still play now.”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
”It's so difficult to pick one! Right now its Better Together by Jack Johnson.”

Adam Katz Sinding, Vali Barbulescu.

ADAM KATZ SINDING

Photographer Le 21ème

Instagram: @le21eme

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR SUMMER
”Summer is filled with fashion weeks. London Collections Men, Pitti Uomo in Florens, Paris Haute Couture, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Auckland… So my summer is like my winter:  Busy.  BUT when I have free time I try to go home to see my mom in Tacoma.  Or hang out in Copenhagen, my favourite city (where I'm writing this, actually!)”

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A RAINY DAY? 
”Hmmmm, is it fashion week?  If so, I get wet and take photos! If not?  Sleep and emails. I'm from Seattle, we have a lot of rainy days.”

HOW WILL YOU DRESS THIS SUMMER? 
”Easy! In BLACK.”

WHAT’S YOUR BEST SUMMER MEMORY? 
”I think it's from before I moved to NYC and I would spend my days hiking in the Cascade and Olympic mountains in Washinton.  Or going on 100km and longer bike rides with my friends. Nothing better than being outdoors!”

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE SUMMER SONG?
”Anything ever written by Phoenix.”

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