The Bik Bok Runway Award is an endorsement of young, talented designers. Bik Bok, a vital member of Norway’s largest fashion company, will grant five young designers the opportunity to showcase at Oslo Runway. As a recognition of young talents’ hard work and craft, Bik Bok wants to encourage new designers to pursue a career in fashion and support new prospects within the Norwegian arena.

Nominated designers 2017

Edda Gimnes holds a bachelor degree in womenswear The London College of Fashion. Gimnes have been featured in The New York Times as one of ten “Fresh out of Fashion School designers to watch”. She is the winner of the 2015 The BFTA Saga Fur competition award and the 2016 International Fur Federations Remix bronze award. She was also selected by Fashion Scout’s ´Ones to Watch ´, a platform for young and emerging talent, to showcase her collection during London Fashion Week in 2016. This year, she won the Designer for Tomorrow Award with Alber Elbaz as the patron, and will showcase her SS18 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin this summer. The aesthetics of Edda Gimnes combines print, fur and embroidery in a graphic and eclectic way. She draws with her non-dominant hand, which adds an element of naïveté to her designs and illustrations.

” I really appreciate being nominated for Bik Bok Runway Award for a second year in a row. After showing my collection several places abroad, I’m excited to show it in Norway. The Bik Bok Award is a great initiative to show support for up-and-coming designers, as getting recognition and guidance is incredibly important. Oslo Runway helps to keep young talent in Norway.”

-Edda Gimnes

Photo portrait: Camilla Andersen
Photo: Yoo Sun

Michael Olestad is a label by designer Michael Olestad Nybråten. Nybråten holds a Diploma in art and design from London College of Fashion and a bachelor’s degree in fashion from Middlesex University. Nybråten has designed womenswear with Acne Studios in Stockholm, as well as Ann-Sofie Back and Meadham Kirchhoff. Michael Olestad is characteristic in its use of color and textiles, and very recognizable drapery.

” It’s important to always have new goals to reach for, and getting nominated for this award was one. Now I’m spending (almost) all summer in the studio to reach the next one: Creating my best work ever!”

-Michael Olestad

Photo portrait: Kim Jakobsen To
Photo: Alexander Norheim

Kit Wan Studios is a newly established design studio in Oslo. Designer Kit Wan is originally from Hong Kong and holds a bachelor’s degree in knitwear specialism from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and master degree in fashion design from The National Academy of the Arts in Oslo (KHIO). Kit Wan has a maximalist design silhouette, and can be recognized by strong Asian references and vibrant use of color and fabrics.

To be nominated for Bik Bok Award shows to me that fashion breaks down and embraces cultural differences, and that it truly is a form of universal language.”

-Kit Wan

Photo portrait: Private
Photo: Felix Glasmeyer

Design agency Moiré was founded in 2013 by Charlotte Fische and Linn Brevik-Riberio. Both designers hold bachelor’s degrees in fashion studies from The Arts Institute at Bournemouth. After designing women’s, men’s and sportswear for clients through the agency, they founded their own label in 2016. Moiré is tailoring, unique details, timeless cuts and high quality fabrics, and can be described as a maximalist version of Scandinavian, feminine minimalism.

” This nomination means a lot to Moiré as it gives us the chance to develop and go full throttle with our next collection for Oslo Runway.”

-Charlotte Fische and Linn Brevik-Ribeiro

Photo: Therese Fische
Photo portrait: Trine Hisdal

Raske Rêvêr was created by designer duo Lisa Kristindatter Mortensen and Solveig Aksnes in 2013, who both hold design degrees from The National Academy of the Arts in Oslo (KHIO). They have previously showcased at UP!, a fashion showcase for young emerging designers. Raske Rêvêr has a political edge, focusing on animal rights and environmental issues. Their aesthetic has references to sports, and the result is somewhere between technical activewear and fashion.

“We are so happy to be a part of the Bik Bok Runway Award! We promise to put our best and quickest foot forward with our new tropical ride/roll/swim collection, Jouer toute la Journée -18”

Lisa Kristindatter Mortensen and Solveig Aksnes

Photo portrait: Private
Photo: Solveig Aksnes

Winner Jury

Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen (b. 1982, Oslo, Norway) is a fashion designer and winner of the first-ever Bik Bok Runway Award in 2016. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, where she was awarded the Armani Scholarship under the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE, she launched her eponymous label in 2012. Thorbjørnsen has presented her work on and off schedule at the fashion weeks in London, Melbourne, Stockholm and Oslo. She is also a guest lecturer at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo and Goldsmiths University in London.

Camilla Skavern

Creative Director, Bik Bok.

Camilla Skavern has worked at Bik Bok for over twenty years. As a creative director, she is responsible for a broad spectrum of projects involving fashion, campaigns, marketing, concept development and leadership. She has studied design at Hyper Island.

Photo: Private

Fabio Piras

Director of Central Saint Martin’s MA Fashion course.

Fabio Piras was appointed Director of Central Saint Martin’s MA Fashion course in 2014. He has previously been creative director of womenswear brand Giada, knitwear brand Malo and tailoring house Brioni, as well as a creative supervisor of Diego Della Valle brands Tod’s, Hogan and Fay. Italian-born Fabio studied at Central Saint Martin’s for a BA in fashion design (1991), followed by an MA in womenswear (1993). He went on to found his eponymous label that showed during London Fashion Week from 1994 to 2000.

Photo: Jet 

Kine B. Hartz

Editor in Chief, Costume Norway.

Before becoming Editor-in-chief of Norway’s biggest fashion magazine, Costume, in 2016, Kine B. Hartz was a journalist and managing editor for Norwegian Elle and head of fashion at daily newspaper Dagbladet. From 2013 to 2015, she was a Public Affairs Advisor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C. She has also been a guest lecturer at George Washington University in the US

Photo: Isabell Watson

Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen (b. 1982, Oslo, Norway) is a fashion designer and winner of the first-ever Bik Bok Runway Award in 2016. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, where she was awarded the Armani Scholarship under the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE, she launched her eponymous label in 2012. Thorbjørnsen has presented her work on and off schedule at the fashion weeks in London, Melbourne, Stockholm and Oslo. She is also a guest lecturer at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo and Goldsmiths University in London.

Nicole Walker

Stylist and founder of Amaze Stockholm.

Nicole Walker is a 28-year old freelance stylist from Sweden, now based in Berlin. She is the founder of Amaze Sthlm, a project that aims to highlight the most creative talents in fashion and art today. In September 2017, Amaze will be releasing its first printed book of the project. Nicole has been a stylist for over six years, with a client list that includes artists Robyn, Zhala and El Perro del Mar, magazines Bon, Metal and Rollacoaster, and fashion brands Cheap Monday, Haal, Ann-Sofie Back and Weekday. 

Photo: Private

Petra Middelthon

Fashion Director, Elle Norway.

Petra Middelthon is the Fashion Director of Norwegian Elle, a position she has held for ten years. After growing up in Kristiansand, Norway, she moved to Paris to study French and Art at the Sorbonne University at the age of nineteen. She then spent three years in New York, working as a stylist and studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, before returning to Paris. There, she assisted a high-profile French stylist and worked as Fashion Director for Tique Magazine. Petra is one of Norway’s best-known and most renowned fashion stylists.

Photo: L’oreal

Siri Johansen

Head of knitwear design, Kenzo.

Siri Johansen is the head of knitwear design at Kenzo. After graduating with an MA from the Royal College of Art in London in 2008, she was recruited by Burberry to work on the men´s knitwear collections Prorsum and London Line. She later moved on to Pringle Scotland, where she was the main knitwear designer for both men’s and womenswear under creative director Allistar Carr. In 2015, Siri completed a one-month residency at Thread, an artists’ residency and cultural center in Senegal, founded by the Joseph and Annie Albers Foundation. She has also participated in a project on ethical fashion organized by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Franca Sozzani in Italy.

Photo: Thomas Ekström

Nominating jury

Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen (b. 1982, Oslo, Norway) is a fashion designer and winner of the first-ever Bik Bok Runway Award in 2016. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, where she was awarded the Armani Scholarship under the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE, she launched her eponymous label in 2012. Thorbjørnsen has presented her work on and off schedule at the fashion weeks in London, Melbourne, Stockholm and Oslo. She is also a guest lecturer at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo and Goldsmiths University in London.

Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen is a fashion designer and winner of the first-ever Bik Bok Runway Award in 2016. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, where she was awarded the Armani Scholarship under the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE, she launched her eponymous label in 2012.  Thorbjørnsen has presented her work on and off schedule at the fashion weeks in London, Melbourne, Stockholm and Oslo. She is also a guest lecturer at the National Academy of Arts in Oslo and Goldsmiths University in London.

Photo: Private

Elise By Olsen is the editor-in-chief of youth culture magazine Recens Paper and Wallet Magazine that will be launched this August. Through Recens, Olsen presents counterpoints to the mainstream fashion media’s stereotypical gender roles and beauty ideals. Since starting Recens at age thirteen, she has gained international attention as a voice of the post-millennial generation.

Photo: Tove Sivertsen

Jan Svean is the owner, manager and buyer at the Oslo boutique that bears his last name. After working in fashion retail for most of his career, Svean opened his own 400 m² store in Oslo fashion shopping center Paleet in 2010.

Photo: Kristine Jakobsen

Maiken Winther is a creative consultant and stylist. From 2006 to 2014, she was the fashion director at Denmark’s best-selling fashion magazine, Costume. She now works freelance, doing editorial work and campaigns for Danish and international brands and magazines, while also running the blog Nouvelle.

Photo: Private

Siv Støldal is an award-winning fashion designer. Since graduating from Central St. Martins in 1999, she has built a respected international label sold worldwide and shown at the London and Paris fashion weeks. Along with artist Ida Falck Øien and designer Harald Lunde Helgesen, she also runs the internationally sold clothing brand HAiKw/. In addition, she is a lecturer and project supervisor at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, works with local entrepreneurs to strengthen local business in the village of Lærdal in west Norway, and is the co-founder of Flettverkan, an organization that aims to strengthen the textile industry of Norway.

Photo: Nikita Solenov

Trine Hisdal is a graphic designer and photographer educated at Bilder Nordic School of Photography in Oslo, and holds a BA (Hons) from The Arts Institute at Bournemouth. Working in the fields of creative marketing and fashion, her client list includes Stine Goya, Cathrine Hammel, D2, FWSS, BikBok, Holly Golightly, and Glamcult Magazine.

Photo: Sara Angelica Spilling

Bik Bok Runway Award Application requirements:

Nominated designers:
– Must be Norwegian nationals based anywhere, or of any nationality based in Norway.
– Have created a collection that they can showcase.
– Have no investor/ financial partner

In addition, they must fulfill at least one of the following requirements:
– Received national or international media coverage
– Held shows or presentations
– Have designs ready for production
– Have designs available for purchase in stores or online
– Education in fashion/design
– Work experience for an established designer

How the winner is chosen:
A nomination jury will select the 5 finalists. A second jury will select the winner.

The winner will be announced after the showcase in August.

The winner will receive:
– A prize of 100,000 NOK, which may be used to create a new collection or production of existing designs.
– A full show of the designer’s new collection, hosted by Oslo Runway, in February 2018.
– An offer of a mentorship from Bik Bok in their desired field.

Application requirements:
Application deadline: June 1st, 2017

The application must include:
– Curriculum vitae with contact information
– A letter of motivation for Bik Bok Runway Award. (No more than one page).
– Images of a previous collection, in addition, and optional; work in progress. Look book images is preferred.

Collate your application into a single PDF (no more than five pages), use your name as the file name and send the PDF to bbra@oslorunway.no

The award show will take place during Oslo Runway August 22nd-24th