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Iceland Airwaves Preview: Sustainable Fashion

Tune in to WCRX 88.1 FM or WCRXFM.com on Oct. 27, beginning at 7 p.m.,  for a student preview of Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and Icelandic culture. Below is one of the preview stories. On Nov. 4, students enrolled in the Radio Department’s Covering International Festivals: Iceland course will travel to Iceland to cover the fest and more. Follow their journey here.

Like most product production, the global fashion and textile industry puts out large quantities of clothing to keep up with trends.  This constant flow of production not only jeopardizes the quality of products, it also negatively affects the environment and working conditions of factory employees.  This is “fast fashion”, where the concern is for “now” instead of the future.

In order to improve sustainability and ethics in the fashion and textile industry, five Nordic fashion associations created NICE (Nordic Initiative Clean & Ethical).  This project aims to make the Nordic fashion industry a leader in sustainability.  While fast fashion is globally present, Icelandic designers and production companies are working to make their businesses ethical and sustainable.

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Iceland Airwaves Day Three: Kithkin, Pascal Pinon (11/1)

Today I spoke with Jara about her love of the sea and how she’s currently working on two albums. I look forward to reviewing her performance tomorrow at 8:00 in Hressó.

Afterwards I walked around town with a few of my fellow bloggers admiring the graffiti, going in and out of record stores, thrift shops and the Phallological Museum.

I got some hot Icelandic fashion advice and information from Ragnheiður Friðriksdóttir, Reykjavík Concierge‘s shopping guide.

Soffía Theódóra, the creator of Nordic Style Magazine met me to talk more about fashion and her magazine that just recently turned one year old. Stay tuned for my story on Icelandic fashion.

I stepped into Amsterdam just in time to catch Nolem, a rap/jam set. The band was joined with other fellow rappers all donning beards and flannel. And as the guitarist (who is not actually a part of the group) wailed out a whammy-filled solo, the rapper exclaimed, “This is the first white-rapper guitar solo in the history of music. Enjoy it while it lasts!”

8:00 Kithkin @ Gamli Gaukurinn.

What a nice way to get out of my folk funk! Folk music is great, but after hours and days of calm and beautiful, it is nice to have a little rowdy. The band started instantly with one keyboard and threw drums banging out loud noise, the people screaming. What else is to be expected but intense sound slapping you in the face, blown speakers and amplifier feedback? It was all accounted for.

The crowd jumped and swayed and yelled right back. Beer was thrown at the party spraying everywhere. If you were at this show and you weren’t sweating, you were doing it wrong.

Kithkin calls itself “tree punk,” which is a great way to describe their strange grunge-punk ways. “Spirit Treader,” the singer, bassist and one of the drummers, jumped and disappeared into the crowd. Guitarist, vocalist and drummer “Shredder” threw his guitar behind his head as he strummed furiously.


In the last song the group howled, “I hope we survive,” and that’s exactly the vibe the show gave off. It was definitely a great band if you need a place to head bang your heart out. Kithkin will be playing later with Sin Fang.

10:40 Pascal Pinon @ Harpa Kaldalón

These two sisters are adorable and talented. Their modesty and sincerity is undeniable. Jófríður told the packed venue that she didn’t expect this many people due to the other great bands performing tonight, and followed up with, “So, we are going to play something unusual,” and she let her beautiful, delicate voice float through the air.

Amid their loving and playful sister-banter, for example, she said, “We’ve been playing this song for over 100 years now, and my sister still doesn’t know it,” they continued to unleash their breathy voices that matched up in a magical harmony. Their second song was still without a title, and while Ásthildur was moving from piano to guitar Jófríður mentioned, “This is the most complicated vocal arrangement we have ever done, but it doesn’t sound complicated. That’s the point.”

They ended the set with, “a short and sweet song by our friend’s favorite musician; Kanye West.”


Goat and Effed Up both put on amazing shows and demanded everyone’s attention. The energy in the room was amazing and is necessary at Airwaves and anywhere.

Many of us ended the night at the only Icelandic Kareoke bar in Reykjavík.

Iceland Culture: Fashion Inspired By The Land

We depart for Iceland tomorrow night (10/29)! Here’s a teaser of a cultural story Michelle is pursuing. Follow Columbia students’ journey, which begins October 30, on the Iceland Airwaves 2013 blog.

Iceland’s unique landscape inspires different types of art, and that includes the fashion world. Many of the styles provide a look into the country’s history or an idea of its natural environment.

In one story for consideration in our upcoming Iceland radio documentary we’ll explore Iceland’s fashion and we’ll be talking to Katrín Káradóttir, who’s an adjunct professor in fashion at the Iceland Academy for the Arts as well as Head of Design at Ella. We’ll also speak with two artists performing at this year’s Iceland Airwaves: Jara and Sóley, both integrate a type of Viking-tribal look into their style, with feathers and horns and face paint and headdresses.

Nordic Style Magazine covers all categories of lifestyle in Iceland. Soffía Theódóra, Editor-in-chief and founder of the magazine will touch on what attracted her to Icelandic fashion and explain some of the country’s unique trends.

We’ll explore the fashion brands and trends in Iceland to get a taste of Icelandic style and how it affects culture.