When you think American football you often think of huddles, head gear, receivers, Miller Lite beer and hot dogs. I doubt legions of football fans would think fashion.
Yet, behold Sandra Backlund.
It appears that Backlund (much like Alexander Wang spring/summer 10) has taken inspiration directly from the all American quarterback, in that its all about the super sized shoulders (rather than the super sized american meal deal). And might I say, she sure is on to a winning formula.
The blatantly overdone shoulders are accompanied by embellishments of the prettiest kind and each and every piece is handcrafted and knit by Backlund herself (she often sequesters herself in her studio with her knitting needles for hours on end). She is one of those designers whereby her pieces are more a work of art than a garment.
So whilst Backlund and her homeland of Sweden may know very little about American football, the concept of the knitted quarterback may be something that they and all those in the fashion know might want to look into - as it is essentially a garment that not only keeps you warm and looks on-trend, but has the potential to prevent injuries.
Backlund, you might say, is something of an all-rounder.