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MORE THAN A CARDIGAN: On Tuesday night, Nina Persson of The Cardigans took over the basement bar at the Ace Hotel to celebrate her upcoming collaboration with Swedish label Hope. The two have paired up for a 10-look capsule collection of Thirties-inspired threads for fall — coats with fox collars, draped dresses, print blouses and, yes, knit cardigans — that launches exclusively at New York boutique Project No. 8 and LaGarconne.com. “[Designing] is something I’ve always denied that I should do,” said Persson. “I was too scared to do it myself. I can’t actually construct clothes.” Partnering with Hope designer Ann Ringstrand, who approached Persson in August, made the project less daunting — though the singer is quick to emphasize she’s not adding “designer” to her CV anytime soon, à la Gwen Stefani or Beyoncé Knowles. “That’s why we emphasize that they are my creative ideas but her brand,” she explained. “For me, it’s a lot like my music collaborations. I’m just taking my music to a new place.” Persson capped off the event with a rousing performance to a roomful of guests, including James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins.