XXY PRESENTS: Emilie Stovik

XXY PRESENTS: Emilie Stovik

XXY PRESENTS: Emilie Stovik


Oslo-based designer Emilie Stovik’s ARCTIC A/W 2013 collection is aptly named. The young designer drew inspiration from a world right outside of our own – the Arctic. Emilie’s very first collection is a personal interpretation of the harsh and brutal landscape and the raw resilience of the animals that inhibit this frozen world.

ARCTIC elegantly reflects the varying contrasts of colour and shapes of the Arctic’s inhabitants. Their organic silhouettes are layered against each other, creating a collection of strong character and personality. Each of the seven styles is a powerful visual expression of the Arctic; that the collection is modeled and produced personally by the young designer using 90 percent natural materials such as wool and leather further bonds ARCTIC to its source of inspiration.

Emilie’s work alludes to the harsh frigidity of the Arctic not just in terms of aesthetics, but it is also an environmental statement that hopes to direct attention on the catastrophe of global warming. In living first as a human being then as a designer, Emilie hopes to illuminate this disaster that is currently devastating the earth.

As an extension of her first collection, Emilie has plans to personally experience the Artic in person for the coming year. It will be a collaborative effort with Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg, a musician friend with whom she shares much of the same inspiration, expression and way of thought.

Having already seen such exceptional work based solely from inspiration drawn from the outside, it will be interesting to see how much more Emilie could do. With such bold plans in the pipelines, Emilie Stovik is surely one to keep an eye on.

Text: Sherwin Koh