Nina Einarsen and Iselin Strømsvåg are the jewellery loving artists that created Dreams of Norway. Jewellery design duo Einarsen and Strømsvåg use Swarovski crystals, feathers, wood, horn, and leather to create sought after one-of-a-kind pieces. The dream of their well-known eponymous brand began as a hobby, seeing Iselin copy a pair of very expensive earrings that she saw and loved. Having met while Nina and Iselin were working at a fashion boutique in Trondheim, it wasn’t long before they began making jewellery for their friends.
Kristofer Kongshaug is a Norwegian designer who has worked for well-known fashion brands such as Givenchy and Anne Valerie Hash since beginning his career at the tender age of 16. His vision for every collection is for each look to be unique on its own, believing that in today’s fashion world people want to ‘express something more than the mass-suggestion’. A designer who has always used fabrics of a biodegradable and sustainable nature, Konshaug believes that ‘sustainable materials will be the future of fashion’.
Inspired by Norwegian nature, the collections tread a fine line between femininity and masculinity, utilising quartz crystals and other natural elements such as pyrite and agate, set atop imitation branches moulded from silver and gold.
Graduating in 1996 from one of Denmark’s premier fashion institutes, Barbara í Gongini is a fashion designer whose work is a constant struggle between minimalism and complexity, pushing the envelope and changing the face of androgyny. Often described as an ‘avant-goth’, upon graduating Gongini founded her eponymous brand with the aim of creating a Nordic inspired collection that integrates a conceptual approach, where shape, form and aesthetics underpin the integrity of the designs. Now with two collections; the highly experimental Main Line and the slightly less radical Black Line, both ranges are created in collaboration with a plethora of groundbreaking photographers, filmmakers and musicians, continually challenging the boundaries between fashion and art.
Konshaug’s AW11 collection is what can only be described as ‘comfortable tailored, symmetrical design’. One of the most eyecatching garments is a pair of dropped waist and crotch trousers that are held up by just one button. The combination of luxurious fabrics enhanced with an intense attention to detail come together perfectly in key garments which include a variety of tailored high collar jackets, displaying parallels between military uniform and Nordic fashion. The mood of the collection is set by the direct and indirect use of blacks and greys (Konshaug’s signature), punctuated by splashes of mustard yellow, the colour of the season.
W ith elements from Japanese fashion evident throughout her work, Gongini starts any garment by working with a square form, creating a silhouette where sharp edges and corners gradually disappear giving way to softer angles afforded by superior draping. Focusing on two-dimensional wearability for AW11, fabrics are as environmentallyfriendly as they come, with organic cotton and wool utilised to maximum effect, while lamb leather, goat skin and fur as bi-products of farming are put to striking use, seeing Gongini nominated for the Danish Fashion Award Committee’s 2010 Ethical Award. .
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