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Søster Studio made it's debut only a year ago; embarking on their journey as a sustainable luxury fashion label on the International fashion scene. The brand's helm is steered by "power couple" Pernille Nadine and her partner Paavo Rafael. What's really refreshing and of-the-times is that this brand is keen to be as transparent as possible, sharing information about their supply chain, whilst also sourcing only sustainable, organic and recycled materials for their collections. Trying to break the crazy fashion cycle of producing new items, that will be replaced by the next "It" thing only a few weeks later, Søster Studio aims to create items that will last, that the customer will want to hold on to and enjoy wearing again and again for years to come. Additionally all their images are shot analogue, with the aim of stripping back and truly showing the product with no image retouching at all! There are so many great causes this brand is fighting for and therefore I recommend for you to check them out yourself. We can only hope for more like-minded fashion brands to come to centre stage!
Tonje Plur's runway show title, Life as It Happens, reflects her inspiration drawn from her life, the people around her, her surroundings and ideas which are put into a melting pot creating an eclectic outcome. Combining glitz n' glam, 90's street trend, textured shapes and billowing tulle; this collection for Plur was an exploration into creating a new expression for crafts and design. Knitwear was an important component for Plur, where she used labour-intensive techniques including knitting, sewing, fringing, surface treatments and woodworking. Tonje Plur completed an MA in Clothing and Costume Design from National Academy of the Arts in Oslo last year and will be showing at Copenhagen's Fashion Week on 8th August 2018.
Merilin Kolk freshly out of college this summer with a BA in Clothing and Costume Design from the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, was also contestant for the Bik Bok Runway Award 2018 last week. Her collection focuses on femininity and whether female empowerment can be created by covering and veiling the figure, by adding dignity, instead of clothing which reveals and encourages the sexualisation of the female body. Her collection has a playful and fanciful use of voluminous fabric, reminiscent of Edwardian Romanticism, which is beautifully draped to create unsymmetrical sculptural shapes.