Copenhagen Fashion Week is filled to the brim with outstanding talent, each year the designers manage to outshine their previous collection. Their innovative approach to design always keeps the world watching each show, to see what Copenhagen’s emerging talent has to offer. This is why we at DIFORM love the Designer’s Nest Awards, as it searches through all of Copenhagen’s new fashion talent, that are either finalising their design courses or fresh out of school. Last year we saw Giorgi Rostiashvili from The Royal Academy of Design winning over the judges with his incredible attention to detail and stimulating approach to design. (Re-visit our wrap up of Copenhagen Fashion Week 2014 here)
In 2015 the Designers’ Nest Awards runway saw Aalto University Finnish design student Rolf Ekroth take the champions stride down the runway. Where he was awarded the best collection, for “his great colours and great manipulation of material”, said the judging panel. The judges were also impressed on how “instinctively he understood the inspiration but at the same time it felt like ‘ it’s own’.” And just by looking at his collection you can see how unique (with oversized jumpers in eye-catching materials) his vision for fashion is.
The second runner up was Croatian born designer Patrik Guggenberger from Beckham’s College of design. The emerging designer started off studying Art History at Stockholm University and his love for fashion design grew from there. His inspiration for each garment creates truly artistic design wonders, as he explains to Not Just A Label, “Reality is usually the starting point for my inspiration. I see the collections as historical documents, milestones in my life. The collections are cathartic for me. They allow me to work through existential thoughts, regret, death longing, unrequited love, etc.” (Read Not Just A Label’s full interview with Patrik here)
You can feel the story behind each piece, which won the judges over when his designs walked the runway “There is a story behind the collection but the translation to the garments are not too literal” said the judges. Follow his designs via Instagram @patrikjansonguggenberger.
The Designers’ Nest Awards third runner up was Sara-Lovise Ewerton, whose designs were definitely one of the most vibrant and electric garments on the runway. The Swedish School of Design student knew how to stand out from the other contenders, as the models owned the runway in designs that commanded attention with street prints sprayed across oversized shapes, with hockey masks covered in white and blue stars. The judges found her designs to have a transformative quality by coming “alive on the catwalk” and expressing a “strong energy.” Both the designs utilised unconventional materials to create an exciting and youthful insight to Sara’s bright design future. We definitely can not wait to see more from her!
What an amazing top three but we couldn’t leave out a few more great designers that caught our attention from the 2015 Designers’ Nest Awards. Special mentions to Camilla Askholm from Kolding School of Design, Hanna Björklund Olsson from Beckmans, Hanna Freese from The Swedish School of Design and Diana Dovgialo from TEKO School of Design. See their designs below!
Editor: Florence Bailey