The winner: 

We are happy to announce that the winner of Bik Bok Runway Awards 2016 is Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen.

The jury’s motivation is as follow: 

“The collection is unique and has an edge as it as the same time is wearable. Thorbjørnsen is innovative, has a focus on details and her choice of material is well thought through. We believe that Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen has what it takes to succeed both national and international.

The jury wants to emphasize that all of the nominees deserves appreciation. We believe in the five of them and are looking forward to follow them in the future. They have all impressed us big, good luck going forward!”

The winner will receive:

- A prize of 100,000 NOK, which may be used for creation of a new collection or production of existing designs.
- A full show of the designer’s new collection, hosted by OSLRW, in February 2017.
- An offer to get a mentor from Bik Bok in their desired field.


The Bik Bok Runway Award is an endorsement of young, talented designers. As part of Norway’s largest fashion company, Bik Bok gives five young designers the opportunity to showcase at OSLRW. Young talents deserve attention for their hard work and dedication to their craft. Recognizing and encouraging talent is important in order to inspire more young people to take a chance on fashion, which is important to Bik Bok and the entire industry.

How do we select designers?

A jury of five, will each submit three designers in prioritized order based on a list of requirements.

Nominated designers:

Must be Norwegian nationals based anywhere, or of any nationality based in Norway
Have created a collection which they can showcase

In addition, they must fulfill at least one of the following requirements:

Received national or international media coverage
Held shows or presentations
Have no investor/ financial partner
Designs ready for production
Designs available for purchase in stores or online
Education in fashion/design
Work experience for established designers





Anne Karine Thorbjørnsen
started her self-titled brand at Central
Saint Martin’s in London, where she
graduated in 2012. Founding her work
on the fold, draping, and feminism, she
has presented collections both on and
off schedule at London Fashion Week, as
well as at collaborative exhibitions. In the
summer of 2015, she presented her SS16
collection Into the Fold at Oslo Runway
after relocating to Oslo, while the AW16
collection FFOLDS was presented in Oslo
and in Stockholm with Amaze. AKT’s
clothes have been featured in a variety of
publications, including Dazed, Red Milk,
Sicky Magazine, Vogue Italia, Pigeons and
Peacocks, Tank, Noon and Tableau Paper.



Beate Godager is a designer and a fashion company
that offer innovative and sustainable designs with
a conceptual and artistic approach. With a sometimes
futuristic interpretation of the body, she develops contemporary
garments for modern woman. Her universe is
expressed through clean-cut silhouettes, graphic simplicity
and a sculptural signature that work to explore the
diverse expressions of present-day femininity. Beate is
educated as a women’s tailor and fashion designer from
Design School Kolding, and currently lives and works in
Copenhagen, Denmark. Further feeding into her current
practice are former work experiences from fashion houses
like Vivienne Westwood and Barbara In Gongini.




Bror August is an independent brand founded
and designed by Bror August Vestbø. Based
in New York and Oslo, he focuses on hand
techniques, believing that a visible touch of
the hand creates more personal and emotional
relationships with the garments. The brand put
on its first runway show at New York Fashion
Week in Spring 2016, with a production company
consisting of close friends and peers. Post
fashion week, the brand has gotten attention
from several publications, including Dazed
Digital, November magazine, I-D Magazine, Interview
Magazine, Bullet magazine, Hunger TV,
Le Roy Magazine, Sex Magazine, You Do You,
ALL-IN, Recens Paper and Sleek Magazine.



Camilla Reinfjell established her design
practice in Oslo after graduating from Oslo
National Academy of the Arts in 2014. Post
graduation, she has been working for several
Norwegian fashion labels such as Sølv Studio,
Lillunn and ESP. In addition to freelancing, Camilla
is currently developing a project that aims to
create high quality womenswear through close
collaborations with her customers. Through a
methodological approach, the concept is developed
through a conversational exploration of the
customers’ needs. Subsequently, by understanding
the emotional and practical aspects of getting dressed,
she hopes to create improved garments with longevity.




Edda Gimnes graduated from the London College of Fashion
in 2016, and was named one of ten “Fresh out of Fashion School
designers to watch” by the New York Times. Edda’s eclectic expression
combines fur, embroidery and prints sketched with her left
hand to create a child-like aesthetic. Edda has won several awards,
including the International Fur Federation’s Remix bronze award and
the Designer for Tomorrow Award in Berlin, winning her one year of
sponsor/mentorship and a chance to showcase her collection at 
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin in September 2017. Her designs
have been on display in Vogue UK, Vogue Italia, Vogue Germany,
Interview, Glamour, GQ, Elle, New York Times and WGSN. Edda was
awarded AW16’s Ones To Watch winner.



Camilla Skavern is the Creative Director at Bik Bok,
where she has been working for more than 20 years
with fashion. As a creative director Camilla works
within a broad specter of fashion, campaigns, marketing,
concept development, and leadership. She studied at
Hyper Island, a creative business school with a consultancy
side specializing in real - world industry training
using digital technology.

Carmita Carlsson is Managing Director of Metric Design,
a design studio based in Oslo. Metric Design has a broad
range of work within areas such as meeting spaces, festivals,
food, books, music and general identity cases. A
few of Metric’s clients are: Øya Festival, Sentralen, Oslo
Business Region, DBS and Illegal Burger. Metric Design
has also been chosen to design the front sides of Norway’s
new banknotes. Carmita comes from a long background
of fashion retail, design and advertising within companies
such as Bik Bok, Monki, Schjærven and Acne Studios
and working in areas including concept development,
innovation, management, sales and customer service
and profitability.

Charlotte Bik Bandlien is an anthropologist specialized
in visual and material culture. Her research on design
spans nearly fifteen years in varied contexts nationally
and internationally - formerly as strategic brand planner
at Bates advertising, and researcher at the National
Institute for Consumer Research in Norway, and for the
past five years as design theorist at the Oslo National
Academy of the Arts, Department of Design.

Ida Eritsland is a fashion theorist with a BA in social
anthropology and an MA in fashion studies. She is
a regular contributor to D2, the lifestyle magazine
of Norway’s financial daily Dagens Næringsliv, and
teaches fashion theory at several colleges. Eritsland
also works as a consultant, speaker and moderator.

Lasse Fløde is a Norwegian photographer, originally
from a small village on the West Coast of Norway. Based
in Oslo and Copenhagen, he travels and work with a
wide range of clients and projects. With photographs

often described as honest and sincere, he creates images
inspired by Scandinavian minimalism, British rawness
and a timeless approach to photography. Clients include
such as Marie Claire France, Kinfolk, Snøhetta, Ponystep
magazine, Universal music, Private White VC, Cathrine
Hammel, Holzweiler, Hunger, D2 and Twin magazine.

Maria Brinch is a visual artist working mainly with
tapestries, painting and everyday items. Brinch also
writes short prose, and produces the yearly pamphlet
The Birthday Paper. She is educated at the National
Academy of the Arts in Oslo and the School of Visual
Arts in New York, and has spent time in Myanmar as part
of her training. Brinch will show her next solo project
at Kunsthall Oslo in the fall of 2016. In 2017, she will
design costumes for Harajuku, the next feature film of
director Eirik Svensson. Brinch was co-editor of the
latest issue of Tableau Paper. For the next issue, she
will be curator and editor of the portfolio and exhibit
Zero Forbehold, Re-Decoration.

Petra Middelthon is the Fashion Director of ELLE
Norway and has held the position for the last 10 years.
Middelthon grew up in Kristiansand, Norway, and
moved to Paris to study French and Art at the University
of Sorbonne when she was 19 years old. She also
spent three years in New York working as a stylist and
studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, before
she again returned to Paris. There she assisted a high
profile French stylist and worked as Fashion Director
for Tique magazine. Petra Middelthon has lived in Oslo
since 2006 and is one of Norway’s best stylists.

Randi Helene Svendsen is the Editor in Chief of Costume
magazine. She has been the fashion director in Costume
for ten years. She has also been working as a freelance
stylist and writer both in Norway and abroad.

Torunn Myklebust is a print and textile designer, consulting
for for luxury fashion & furniture textiles. She
studied fashion design at Copenhagen fashion and
design academy, and has since then worked for brands
like Alexander Mcqueen, Givenchy, Roberto Cavalli
and Marc Jacobs.