Power dressing with Celine Aagaard
This Norwegian editor knows how to make the most of an outfit.
When you think of Scandinavian style, you probably picture an understated, minimalist look – maybe the term ‘effortless chic’ comes to mind (hailing from Scandinavia, at least we like to imagine it does). While Celine Aagaard certainly embodies all that – she does love the colour black and always looks effortlessly chic – she knows how to put the cool in Scandi cool. Always down for statement accessories and never shying away from eye-catching silhouettes or textures, the result did not disappoint when we asked Celine Aagaard – the founder behind envelope.no – to choose and style her H&M favourites for our Everyday Icon feature.
WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON?
”I am inspired by women – and men – from around the world, as well as art, architecture, fashion, family and friends. But I can’t pinpoint one person. My fascination for fashion started back in the days, with my music icons – Madonna, Debbie Harry, Kurt Cobain and Gwen Stefani. My time as the editor in chief of a music magazine was inspiring. And my mother introduced me to the colour black when I was very young – when all the other girls were dressed in pink.”
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
”I like sharp lines, and monochrome styling. I’m a hippie at heart but I’m mostly in black and white – and I have a weakness for silver. My style is Scandinavian with an international touch, streetwear-inspired with a hint of rock ‘n’ roll. For me it’s important to represent Scandinavia and the designers we have up here in the North. I love to dress up in Norwegian design, and mix it with designer brands and high street finds.”
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER?
”I am a huge fan of Scandinavian design. Norwegian designer Veronica B. Vallenes is a personal favourite, and so are Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen, Mardou&Dean and Michael Olestad. Acne Studios is high up on the list too, and in good company with – no surprise – Céline, Balenciaga, LOEWE, Jil Sander, Tibi, Marni and Alexander Wang. I also look to new designers like Magda Butrym from Poland, and Ukrainian Ksenia Schnaider. For my high street buys, I am a true H&M lover."
I was a kid in the 80s and teenager in the 90s - and to be honest it’s not too bad to live right here - right now.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE ON EARTH?
”I love my city, Oslo, where I was born and raised, but a small fisherman village in Cataluna, northern Spain, has a special place in my heart. This is the village where surrealist painter Salvador Dalí had his home and atelier. I have been here every summer since I was only one year old. I still feel inspired by the art, the people, the atmosphere and architecture.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?
”Everything green and fishy. A good mix of Italian, Peruvian, Scandinavian and a hint of Japanese. For breakfast I make a fresh green juice or an açai bowl, for lunch I’ll have a tomato and mozzarella salad, and for dinner ceviche. On a lucky day it’s homemade, or I get it from Piscoteket – a must-visit place for dinner and/or drinks if you go to Oslo!”
IF YOU HAD TO LEAVE YOUR APARTMENT IN A HURRY, WHAT WOULD YOU GRAB?
”It depends if it was a fire or just a bus I needed to catch. Family first!! My dog Hippie Luella – she is the coolest and smartest Jack Russell, my son and my boyfriend. Then my vintage LPs, sunglasses, laptop and phone!”
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO LOOK?
”A pair of boyfriend jeans, sunglasses, a long black coat, black boots and a hoodie.”
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN HISTORY, WHAT FASHION ERA WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN?
”I was born in the 70s, I was a kid in the 80s and teenager in the 90s - and to be honest it’s not too bad to live right here - right now. What Goes Around Comes Around. But I wish I could have joined my father at Studio 54 back then with Andy Warhol.”
WHAT ITEM WOULD YOU NEVER PART FROM?
”A vintage dress that my father gave my mum from Mykonos the year I was born. I wear it every 17th of May – Norway’s National Day. I also have a pair of Céline sunglasses I never leave my house without.”
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?
”A photographer like my father. I was very fascinated with his work, his pictures, his eye for details and all his creative friends. I’m very close to my family, and he has always been my icon.”
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY FASHION PLEASURE?
”I do wear sweatpants styled with Moon Boots or Uggs and a down jacket during the six months when it's too cold to wear anything else in Oslo. I also have a thing for hotel slippers…”
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET?
”I have been lucky to meet so many interesting people during my years as an editor in chief – from icons to designers. If I could turn back time I wish I could have met Salvador Dali.”
WHAT DO YOU NEED RIGHT NOW?
”Some waves and yoga session. Costa Rica here I come. Pura Vida!!!”
WHAT IS YOUR LATEST BEAUTY DISCOVERY?
”Malbrums’ perfume Psychotrope. A masculine hidden secret by a Norwegian perfumer. I’m addicted.”
WHAT: Editor, fashion blogger and author