Dark Dressers: Anna Björnsson
August 19, 2014
Anna Margrét Björnsson works as PR for the Reykjavik Film Festival. She is mother of three living in Reykjavík, Iceland. She is also one half of the rock duo Two Step Horror with her partner-in-crime Þórður Grímsson. Two Step Horror have just released their new album, Nyctophila – which means lover of darkness and night.
What does a typical day in the life of Anna involve?
I am woken up by my three-year old daughter who strokes my cheek gently and tells me very directly that it’s morning and that she wants breakfast. She’s a good alarm clock and up very bright and early! I have just started a new job as PR for the Reykjavík Film Festival, after a lengthy summer holiday. Our office is located right by the central lake in Reykjavík, a beautiful setting. A typical workday seems pretty hectic as the festival starts in a couple of months! I’ working with a fantastic group of international people so work is lots of fun.
I like to keep my time between 5 until 8 pm for the family, preparing dinner and having a chat to them and then putting our little girl to bed. In the evening I could be doing a number of things.. usually catching up on work and going through my mailbox, going to a yoga class, a run, reading a good book, listening to anything from Suicide to Wagner on my record player. On weekends I do love to go out or organise a dinner with a few selected friends, or go to our summerhouse which is located by a stunning huge lake that’s surrounded by mountains. It’s really good for clearing my head. I’m tired of pointless evenings in clubs or bars with drunk people talking shit to people they don’t know. A perfect day would include some kind of music making, either with my partner doing music for Two Step Horror or sometimes with my brother Henrik who is the frontman of Singapore Sling.
Which are your wardrobe staples and why?
My usual uniform is throwing on a pair of black jeans, a t-shirt ( or sweater in winter) and a leather jacket or blazer with a pair of cowboy boots or pointy-toe flat boots. That, or a number of short black Jane Birkin inspired dresses with boots or ballerinas, or miniskirts. I like to accessorise with a few pendants and bracelets, and most of the time , a cap or a hat which are useful in the ever-changing Icelandic weather. In winter I obviously swap the leather jacket for a peacoat or a vintage fur. For smarter evening wear I have numerous black dresses, I’m endlessly shopping for the perfect black dress and my wardrobe has stacks of little black dresses which all have their particularities but might all look the same.
What’s your favourite item in your closet?
Favourite items are my wardrobe staples basically. A couple of black dresses from Icelandic store ELLA which are beautiful quality and can be thrown in the wash weekly and always look fantastic, my leather biker jacket and my old and comfortable cowboy boots which were a gift some years ago from my boyfriend , a bondage-style black dress from Icelandic designers KALDA and my sixties style cap. My favourite recent aquiries are ; a pair of beautiful silver stud earrings from Icelandic jewellers Orr given to me by my best friend and a pair of pointy lacquered flat boots found in a thrift-store in Berlin, my silver necklace from Kría, which looks like a bird’s foot ( also a gift from my boyfriend) , a bullet pendant that I wear every day, and a go-anywhere black dress from Icelandic designer JÖR. A new overused black clutch bag from ELLA which is just perfect. And of course, always, black RayBans.
How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe it as french chic meets rock’n’roll. I think simple is best and that a T-shirt and jeans go very far. I am inspired by the sixties and classic french looks mixed in with rock and roll accessories.
Where do you shop?
Cheaply if I can! Vintage, flea markets, Zara, Top Shop. I have a few favourite stores here in Reykjavík of the more expensive kind: ELLA, Jör and Gloria.
Your style icons?
jane Birkin, Francoise Hardy, Nico, Lou Reed. For more modern style icons I like the effortless style of Charlotte Gainsbourg .
Two most important moments that influenced your style?
Music has always influenced my style. Although probably a cliché, I was always very influenced by Andy Warhol’s screen tests. Lou, Nico, Edie. My And I remember telling my mum when I was sixteen that I had decided I looked much better with winged eyeliner than without it. I’m rarely without.
Photo credit: Ásta Kristjánsdottir ( portraits) and Heiða Jónsdóttir ( items).