The seventh edition of Fashion Week by Berns came to a close on Wednesday in Stockholm.

Inaugurated by HRH Princess Madeleine, the Royal ambassador for Swedish fashion, the three-day event from Jan. 26-28 began on a glittering note. Having expanded yet again, this season’s line-up encompassed 24 catwalk shows with names such as J. Lindeberg, Rodebjer and Säby joining the likes of Whyred, Hope, Tiger of Sweden, Acne and Velour.

Co-organized and hosted by Stockholm's Berns Hotel, Patriksson Communication, Bon magazine and Peter Andersson Production, the F/W 2009 edition served up not only a strong slew of shows but also welcomed the progressive trade show +46 to join the high-profile event and share the catwalk limelight, with shows by four of its most notable designers, namely Anna-Sara Dåvik, Julian Red, Rickard Lindqvist and Danish design collective Wood Wood.

Also part of the agenda, 14 second-year knitwear students from Beckmans College of Design were invited to show their designs on the runway this season.

To summarize the direction of the season, many designers such as Hope and Dagmar went for a dark and brooding aesthetic that could be dubbed “nouveau grunge à la Scandinavian style.” Not that this marks a revolutionary style shift – after all, solemn chic has always been something of a Swedish trademark.

Tailoring was another major focus. Acne, Tiger of Sweden, Carin Wester and Whyred all sent out tailoring-heavy collections with a decidedly Swedish twist.

—Emma Holmqvist