Saga Sig, Closets
Saga Sig
"My family is full of very complicated personalities. Our way of self-expression is to make things. If we're not feeling well, for some reason, we make beautiful things." Saga Sig

Like the orange light over the mountains and volcanoes of her childhood home in a national park in Iceland, Saga feels an affinity towards color, matching a water-colored jumpsuit with a tribal necklaces of giant red beads and coral tights. "Magical" is how she describes the energy of nature that surrounded her, with no cars and no sounds-- and few people, a place where one's inspiration came from the pitch-black darkness of the night. "You can almost feel the history in the air," she says. Saga herself comes from just such a heritage, including a grandfather who was one of the last Icelandic cave-dweller, to which Saga attributes her own comfort when surrounded by the "organized chaos" of her own things. It was a family deep in the woods, solitary and deep-thinking, in which books, creation, and one's imagination was the only escape. Saga's mother -- a feminist, park ranger, and seemingly someone from the pages of a gothic novel with her long gray hair, black clothing, and silver jewelry -- encouraged her kids to take creative paths throughout their lives.

The Never-Ending Story inspired the fantastical bracelet and necklace designed by Clare Bickford-Smith that Saga wears and which, she says, is very her. They are extraordinary pieces, and recall the unusual things that would happen to her as a kid in the forest, a place so beautiful she was sometimes visited by the Icelandic royal family. In a tribal-print ankle dress with a pleated black cape and Miu Miu peep-toes, she could be the subject of one of her most memorable shoots, capturing a traveling caravan in an ancient churchyard. The texture and light of film -- as opposed to digital -- is important to her as an appreciation of heightened sensuality, just as Chopin is on a rainy day, or reading a book at a cafe instead of going to a party. In pink eyeshadow, thick eyelashes and a mod, knit Jeremy Scott printed dress, Saga truly is the grown-up, modern 60’s version of her childhood fairy tale spent in a far off land called Thingvellir.

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