Oslo Runway (Norway’s new arena for emerging and established fashion brands) has teamed up with one of my favourite high-street stores Bik Bok to give out an award for up and coming design talent. The award is meant to acknowledge and support the winning designer’s and nominees’ work, and the prize includes 100k NOK, a mentor from Bik Bok and of course having their designs walk down the catwalk in the next spring’s Oslo Runway!
I LOVE that there is becoming more and more focus on helping emerging designers in Norway, hopefully in some years time the industry will receive similar support and acknowledgement as in our neighbouring countries where fashion is a major export.
The nominees for the first ever BBRA are…
Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen
Her work is really quite unique and in my mind it’s a cool mixture of officewear silhouettes unravelled and street wear impulses. She comes up with great shapes and textures that in combination looks so fresh.
Camilla uses a lot of woven textiles in her work, and with the calm colour palettes and big print patterns her designs kind of feels like a warm hug from Denmark where art and natural textiles go hand in hand.
This is in my opinion perhaps one of the most exciting nominees, or emerging designers coming out of Norway in general these days. He is playful, cheeky, sensual and very innovative. Super inspiring and I can’t wait to see what comes next!
This designer fits right into my Second Skin board on Pinterest! She combines rubber textiles with cut-outs or delicate fabrics to create beautiful and sensual silhouettes.
Last but not least is this incredible designer who plays with dimension and size in a super fresh and fun way! I’ve aways loved a good cross-over, whether it’s is a cross-over episode on TV or an art-meets-fashion rendezvous (i.e. YSL’s Mondrian dress). Gimnes delivers a 2D-3D crossover that would make any old grump (like yours truly) smile.
Images via the brands’ digital outlets
So I have mentioned this before, but I’m obsessed with fruit and plant photography. In high school, I won a photography award for a series of images I took, comparing parts of the human body to plant life, lining the images up next to each other to highlight the similarities. I just love how the colours and texture appear on a film roll or digitally created in a studio. In LA I stopped by the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition at the Getty and one of the rooms was dedicated to his botanical photography and they were just so. beautiful. and kicked my obsession back into gear. A lot of them were just up-close macro images of orchids – the stems, the leaves, the flowers and the textures look so interesting and sexy.
Images via Pinterest
Ok so I’ve gushed about Tyler, the Creator on this blog before, more specifically I wrote about the new Golf Wang clothing line, which name derives from Sandwiches / his hip hop collective Odd Future Golf Wang Kill Them All which also spawned artists such as Syd Tha Kyd and Frank Ocean. Not only is Golf Wang a fab brand name (in my hardest stanning days I seriously considered adding Golf to my own name to go with my unexplainable asian last name), but I love the playfulness Tyler is pushing. It’s in my opinion ground breaking. As serious and pretentious fashion can be, he is doing the exact opposite and is unapologetic about it.
Tyler had his runway debut last week with his Golf Wang line, and it looked like a kind of low-budget inspired version of the Chanel supermarket show and of course the conceptual Yeezy shows. The show starts off with music and a screen displaying bright blue skies with white clouds in a very Super Mario-like fashion, before a sleepy Tyler wakes up and gets out of a bed and does normal morning things before hearing a knock on the door. He opens it, and the show entails with models coming through the door on mini motor bikes. The catwalk is reminiscent of a suburbian sidewalk, with green grass and sunflowers emphasising feelings of nostalgia and safety. The models are styled as average people walking down the street, with cheesy posing and it’s all very nonchalant and on void of self-righteousness. The one-hour long show includes skateboarding, skits, a Tyler, The Creator performance and a speech. It was a breath of fresh air to watch. I love it when artists mix forms of art and conceptualize it into something unique.
What did you think of the show?
Also, love this little behind-the-scenes video Vogue did of the event
Ok, so cheesy as it sounds, there are two ladies I’d switch bodies with in a heartbeat; Bad Gal Riri and Kiko Mizuhara. Not that I’m not happy with me – but they are so intriguing, fascinating and unreachable to me. Perhaps this is how a 13 year old girl felt peak Bieber-era.
I first found Kiko through some Pin-sessions and, I assume, late night Tumblr rampages. I didn’t know her name, I just had a few images of this completely STUNNING individual and I won’t lie, I admired her like Kanye does Kim on social media. It feels very superficial to feel strongly about someone you’ve not even learned the name of, but alas I started researching her more and found that she was a Japanese-American actress, model, singer, designer (all around hustler) who was about to start shooting the then-upcoming filmatisation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood which happened to be one of my favourite books at the time (still love it, I just never find time to read anymore). After seeing it, I was stanning hard.
I’m a busy busy bee these days finalising my last hand in’s and BA dissertation for university. I’ve specialised in branding and social media this last year, something that is becoming increasingly interesting the more I read about it; there’s so much psychology involved and strategic planning behind good accounts. On top of this I landed a great placement doing digital strategies and social media and it’s sooo relieving that I feel excited to go to work. Sometimes you think you love doing something and once you get it it feels different, grass is greener etc. but thankfully that’s not the case! Soon, job hunting starts and I have to start adulting (yikes).
Anyway sun is shining and in just a week I will have officially graduated uni! Any tips for a new graduate?
images via my tumblr