Bex Fagerholt Grønlykke, Fashion Designer in spe
On finding her unique take on style, designing a fashion collection with her mum, and future plans with artistic aspirations.
What are you working on at the moment?
I recently finished Year 9 at school in London, where I lived for a year with my parents. We moved back to Copenhagen last year and I’m currently working for my mum’s fashion brand Heartmade, where I’ve created a clothing collection, Julie Fagerholt Heartmade–Tagged, with her. It launches later this year.
How did the idea for the collection come about?
When we lived in London, I asked her if we should design a collection together. I like eclectic, crazy pieces; one of my favourite styles from the new collection is a colourful Rastafarian-inspired dress. I found my style footing while living in London. Fashion there is more individual, more accepting than here. I really learned how to be myself and brought that back with me to Copenhagen. I think the most important thing is to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. I thought a lot about that during the design process.
Where did you get inspiration for the collection?
I’ve given the collection so much thought. My ideas come suddenly and I visualise the clothes I want to make–from when I wake up to when I close my eyes at night. My benchmark was to make the items I can never seem to find in stores. Second hand and vintage shops, where I often buy clothes, have also inspired me.
What defines the collection?
It was important to me that the collection is casual, appealing and easy to style. The clothes have to be flattering and look good on photos. The new line is more ‘street’ than Heartmade, but the two work together beautifully. Tagged styles can be worn alone or combined across the collection. There are tracksuits, high-waisted trousers and crop tops, for women of all ages––styled alone or layered over a shirt.
What are your dreams for the future?
I’ve always loved drawing and painting and would like to do more of that. It relaxes me. I’d much rather draw than stare at my phone. I’ve just decorated my bedroom walls with graffiti. I’ve also had my logo for the new Tagged collection, two smileys, tattooed on my arm. My plan is to move to New York next year and start art school.
Describe your skincare routine.
When I wake, I cleanse with micellar water from Bioderma before moisturising with Lait-Crème from Embryolisse. If I have extra time, I’ll use Aesop’s Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser and care concentrate. I attach calming or energising LifeWave patches to my neck. I buy mine at my local Pilates studio, Lineline.dk; they’re available in different versions.
Describe your make-up routine.
I used to wear more make-up than I do now. I curl my lashes, and cover dark circles with Concealer from Bobbi Brown. I use Mineralize Skinfinish highlighter from Mac on my cheekbones. I like my skin to look dewy. If I’m going out, I won’t use much more than that. I’m not a big eyeshadow fan and instead apply extra highlighter and concealer just below my brow bone. It enhances the shape of my eye as well as my natural skin colour. I draw my brows and brush them upwards.
How do you care for your hair?
I have wild curls, which I haven’t always appreciated. I used to spend a lot of time straightening my hair, and have had so many different hairstyles––extensions, braids, cornrows… I only recently found out how to tame my curls. At the moment, I either wear my hair in a scraped-back bun or loose and wild. I think my curls are most beautiful loose if I dampen my hair, turn my head upside down and scrunch them with my fingers. I use Frizz Control Oil from Moroccanoil. If I’m going out, I style my hair big and voluminous. I’m really particular about how my hair looks, and when I get it cut or styled I have to be able to run my fingers through my hair before leaving the chair.
Which body products do you use?
Just as I like the skin on my face to look dewy, I love it when the skin on my body shines. I use All Over Body Oil from Goe Oil. It has a gentle coconut and white flower scent and feels amazing on dry skin. And it gives the most beautiful shine. Another great rescue product for scratches, wounds, scars and cracked heels is Heal Gel Intensive.
Do you wear nail polish?
I love nail polish and often have Shellac applied. London has great nail bars with really skilled technicians. I currently get my nails done at BlowCph. I have gel applied to make them longer, and often finish with a coloured polish.
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Follow Bex on Instagram: @bexxfagerholt
Text & photography Liv Winher, Wash Your Face