Young innovation let loose – Designers’ Nest

Words Susanne Kinnerup Andersen 

Designers’ Nest is a professional showcase and international platform for Nordic design graduates. Under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Mary, the Designers’ Nest Award was created in 2003 to reward and promote up-and-coming Nordic designers to global buyers, designers, media, and trendsetters. This fashion week, the show, held in the breathtaking rooms of Hotel d’Angleterre, presented 27 designers from the Nordic countries.


The mix of nationalities and personalities clearly showed. Everything, from the techniques in play, like braiding and ruffles, to features like sculptural dresses, colorful coats, punk references, and feminine cuts, was presented in a diversity of Nordic sensibilities.


The jury ended up rewarding the Norwegian designer Axel Enqvist from Oslo National Academy of Arts the First Prize of 50,000 DKK. Enqvist has a way of creating items that are functional yet never boring. His choice of materials complement the functional designs, with eye-catching cuts and a palette consisting of of browns, beiges, blacks, and greens, all thoroughly considered.


All the design students at Designers’ Nest exemplify the constant movement of fashion. A movement whose aspiring talents we need to pay attention to, who represent innovation, and letting loose. And, perhaps most of all, having fun.


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