The Cardigans know a thing or two about playing a lot of roles in life. After all, they did once sing: “I’ve been your mother, I’ve been your father … I’ve been your sister, I’ve been your mistress.” Lead singer Nina Persson is adding a new label to her life. She’s collaborated with a Swedish fashion brand called Hope to create a special capsule collection. The pieces are romantic and vintage-inspired, but not over-designed. It would seem Persson, who hadn’t ever thought about dabbling in fashion before, took a restrained but practical approach to the line. She says, “I’m not a designer, so it felt like it would be ridiculous for me to try something complicated, avant-garde. No one wants to see Nina Persson attempting couture, you know? So … we went through my closet, and I pulled out all these things I love but that I’ve always wished were different in some small way … We just merged my favorite things together, that’s it. Not very ambitious.” Keep reading »
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Chances are, you probably remember Nina Persson as the angelic front woman for the band The Cardigans — remember their hit “Lovefool”? That was some goodness. Nowadays, Nina is still a member of The Cardigans (who released Super Extra Gravity last year), but she’s also got an amazing side project called A Camp, described as “a minimalist fusion of eclecticism and Americana.” A Camp’s self-titled debut record won four Swedish Grammys and Nina is hard at work on a follow-up. Hopefully this one, thanks to the loads of critical praise the last one received, will be available stateside (without having to pay for an import). In the meantime, the melancholy wonderment which makes Nina’s voice so special is also present in her list of “Top Ten Heartbreak Hymns.” Enjoy her picks, after the jump!