Copenhagen Fashion Week – DESIGNERS’ NEST AW14

Designers’ Nest is a fashion design contest incessantly awarding the most promising young designers already for 11 years now. As a part of the Copenhagen Vision Fashion Fair and the Copenhagen Fashion Week, Designers’ Nest enables fashion graduates to gain recognition on the market and offers them a wide exposure to the media and fashion insiders.

At this year’s competition twenty five up-coming designers from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden were presenting their collections. Each of the collections consisted of three silhouettes and represented a very high level of craftsmanship and artistry. With this combination it was exteremely tough job for the jury members to choose the winning designer. Nevertheless the decision was made and the DKK 50.000 prize went to GIORGI ROSTIASHVILI from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design. According to the jury, Giorgi’s “incredible attention to detail, his originality and craftmanship stood out. His clean vision makes him the deserving winner of Designer’s Nest AW14”. The winning collection is based on graphic black and white colour palette complemented with sophisticated nude that gives it a sensual feel. Silhouettes are both defined and slouchy at the same time, carefully constructed and comfortable with a very laid back and modern attitude to them. Bold cuts and contrasted fabrics are accompanied by oversized gloves and over-the-knee boots.

Giorgi Rostiashvili

Two runner-up’s collections were also very deservedly awarded. The first runner-up, EMELIE JOHANSSON from the Swedish School of Textiles was recognized for the “innovative in shape, incorporating the movement into print designs and patterns”. The 2nd runner up LISE WEISBJERG DAHL from TEKO Design and Business Academy gained applause for presenting “a romantic story taking place in Jutland, with true integrity and purity in design and choice of textiles”.

Looking back at the 19th edition of Designer’s Nest AW14 it becomes very clear, that there is a great potential in young designers just starting up in the business and the contest perfectly underlines the growing significance of the Nordic fashion scene.

Designer's Nest aw14EMELIE JOHANSSON


Except for the ‘great three’ of awarded designers, there were also a few other great looks that told us we should definitely keep an eye on their authors in the nearest future:

Saina KoohnavaardSaina Koohnavaard

DESIGNERS NEST aw14 Merja Hanelle Ulvinen, Gabrielle Valoe, Linda Jóhannsdóttir

Photos courtesy of Copenhagen Fashion Week.

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