Bik Bok Runway Award 2018 Winner Jury
Ann-Sofie Back is a Swedish fashion designer who launched her eponymous label in 2001. Back studied fashion design at Beckman’s College of Design before completing an MA in fashion design at London’s Central Saint Martins in 1998. Prior to launching her own label, Back worked as a designer for Joe Casely Hayford in London, as well as at Acne Jeans. In 2005, she launched Back, a secondary line with a more accessible price point. Back has around 50 stockists worldwide, and her designs have been worn by Beyoncé, Rihanna, Robyn, Neneh Cherry, Lady Gaga, Noomi Rapace, Icona Pop, Chloé Sevigny and the Crown Princess of Sweden.
Kine B. Hartz is the editor-in-chief of Costume, Norway’s biggest fashion magazine, a position she has held since 2016. This year, Costume won both Magazine of the Year and Cover of the Year at the Norwegian Media Awards. Hartz was previously a journalist and managing editor at Norwegian Elle, and head of fashion at daily newspaper Dagbladet. From 2013 to 2015, she was a public affairs advisor at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington D.C.
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Head of Design, Bik Bok.
Kirsten Andersen is the head of design at Bik Bok. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Saint Martins. She has previously worked as a designer in Paris, London, New York, Copenhagen and Stockholm, for or collaboration with the likes of Alber Elbaz, Phoebe Philo, Gap, Bruun Bazaar and Acne Studios.
Archive editor, Vogue.com.
Laird Borrelli-Persson is the Archive Editor at Vogue.com. A Style.com alum, she has a Master’s degree in museum studies and fashion history and helped create Vogue’s digital archives. The author of five books, several on fashion illustration, she has been covering fashion in Scandinavia since the mid 2000s.
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Fashion director, SSAW Magazine.
Tuomas Laitinen is a Helsinki-based stylist, consultant and designer. After graduating from London’s Central Saint Martin’s College with an MA in 2004, he started his eponymous menswear line which was quickly picked up by top retailers including Opening Ceremony, Maria Luisa, Harvey Nichols and Isetan. Since 2014, he has focused on styling and the bi-annual fashion, art and culture publication SSAW Magazine, of which he is co-publisher and fashion director. Laitinen has collaborated with top photographers including Thomas Lohr, Brett Lloyd, Gosha Rubchinskiy, and Ola Rindal, and worked on special projects for Finnair, Pitti Immagine, Uom, Diesel and more. He is also a senior lecturer in fashion design at Aalto University in Helsinki, which was ranked fifth in The Business of Fashion’s Global Fashion School ranking in 2017.
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Bik Bok Runway Award 2018 Nominating jury
Admir Batlak is one of Norway’s top fashion designers, who work in the intersection between art and fashion. He has shown his works at Gallery Riis, The Munch Museum, Kunstnernes Hus, Kunstnerforbundet and 1857 Oslo, among other places. In 2017 he received the Costume Award, Norway’s prime fashion award, for best Norwegian designer. He holds a BA from Istituto Marangoni in Milan.
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Norway’s most popular casting director discovered the world of fashion by watching Top Model as a teen. He eventually became a street style photographer, but his fascinations for models lead him into casting. As part of Team Models, Norway’s largest modeling agency, he incorporates the industry into his everyday life. Now, a photographer and model scout/agent, Alexander is based in Oslo, Norway.
Founder, editor in chief of The Cool Girl, stylist and consultant
Hege is the founder and editor of the online magazine The Cool Girl, a stylist and a consultant. She’s the former fashion director at Costume magazine and later the Editor-in-Chief. Hege has a bachelor in Social Anthropology and History of Religion from the University of Oslo.
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Editor in chief of Melk & Honning
An editor, fashion writer and lecturer at School of Fashion Industry, Ida has ten years of experience from the fashion industry as editor and writer for publications such as VIXEN Magazine, and daily newspapers VG and Dagbladet. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oslo.
Fashion Theorist and journalist
Ida Eritsland is one of the top fashion journalists in Norway. She writes for D2, the Friday suppliment of Dagens Næringsliv (Norway’s main business daily), and is a lecturer at Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Westerdals School of Communications. Ida holds a master’s degree in fashion theory from Stockholm University.
Editor in chief STYLEBY
Born and raised close to the Norwegian border on the Swedish side, and with close connection to the culture life in her ”favorite city in the world” as she calls Oslo, Jonna’s professional career has developed from being a pop culture reporter at Sweden’s then largest daily newspaper to being editor-in-chief of the Swedish editions of Cosmopolitan and Glamour. In 2011, she co-founded STYLEBY together with Elin Kling and had been running the media brand (which now is more than a magazine) since. She lives in Stockholm.
Michael Olestad Nybråten is the designer of Michael Olestad, for which he won the Bik Bok Runway Award in 2018. 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.
Art and fashion historian
An art- and fashion historian with an MA in aesthetics/ fashion theory from the University of Oslo, Ragnhild has written extensively on the development of style in Norway over the past ten years. She has also been a film and theater critic, and a journalist at Norway’s national broadcaster NRK. She currently works as a writer and illustrator, and pens her own column, The Aesthete (Estetikeren), in weekly Morgenbladet. She is also the editor and moderator of the debate forum Tableau Talks.
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Headbuyer womenswear & partner / YME universe
In her “past life”, Thatiana was a junior lawyer at Brazil largest media group, O Globo, but after moving to Norway in 2006, she started to work as a fashion buyer and launched her own fashion agency. In 2014, they opened YME Universe, a two-story concept store on Oslo’s main street, where she has been head buyer womenswear and one of the first buyers in Scandinavian betting on the new era of streetwear.
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