Young Design Talent

Bik Bok Runway Award (BBRA) is ready for its second edition. The award is a collaboration between Bik Bok, a vital member of Norway’s largest fashion company, and Oslo Runway (OSLRW), and aims to highlight and acknowledge young design talents. Bik Bok will grant five young designers the opportunity to showcase at Oslo Runway in August, but only one will receive the cash prize of 100 000 NOK (almost £10 000). The money is earmarked production of a new collection and materials. In addition to this, the winner gets an entire runway show at Oslo Runway in February 2018. The jury just released this year’s five nominees: 

Edda Gimnes has been featured in The New York Times as one of ten Fresh-Out-of-Fashion-School Designers to Watch, she just won the Designer for Tomorrow Award in Berlin with Alber Elbaz as the patron, and will showcase her SS18 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin this summer. Edda Gimnes' aesthetic combines print, fur and embroidery in a graphic and eclectic way. Read more about Edda in Volume Nine.

Kit Wan Studios is a new design studio based in Oslo. The designer, Kit Wan, is originally from Hong Kong, and his Asian background is a strong reference in all his work. The design and silhouettes are very bold, with a vibrant use of colours and fabrics. 

Michael Olestad, a label founded by Michael Olestad Nybråten, became an instant favourite amongs fashion enthusiasts in Norway when he launched his first collection last year. Nybråten has a background as a women’s wear designer for Acne Studios in Stockholm, and has previously worked for Ann-Sofie Back and Meadham Kirchoff. Michael Olestad’s design is recognised for his use of colour, textiles and drapes. 

Moiré is a design agency founded by Charlotte Fische and Linn Brevik-Riberio in 2013. After designing for clients through the agency, they founded their own label in 2016. Moiré has a great focus on tailoring, unique details, timeless cuts and high quality fabrics — with the goal of being that extra spice you put in your wardrobe as a design investment.

Raske Rêvêr was founded by design duo Lisa Kristindatter Mortensen and Solveig Aksnes in 2013. The duo is outspoken politically in their work, with a focus on animal rights and environmental issues. Their aesthetics have a lot of references to sports and the result is somewhere between technical sportswear and fashion. 

The winner will be announced at Sentralen in Oslo in August.