Since I´ve been in Stockholm, I've been checking in on all my favorite Swedish designers, and seeing what they've been up to. Helena Horstedt is one of the most talented young designers to arrive in the last few years, with a structural, almost origami-style approach to construction that looks like the leather and woven counterpart to Sandra Backlund's knits. Upon looking at her website though, I realized that she hadn't shown anything for the past two seasons, and was curious to inquire what was going on. Rumor has it (from my reliable Swedish fashion insider source) that Horstedt originally intended to take a season off to give birth to her child, which is normal if you pregnant designers. Unfortunately, it seems that she still hasn't returned, and probably has no intention to do so in the near future. Horstedt, who produced everything from her apartment on a made-to-order basis, never really designed her clothes with a mass market in mind, so her disappearance has added to her elusiveness. Here's hoping that she makes it back sometime soon.