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“Blink” New Designers: Stine Riis with H&M

Friday, August 17th, 2012

We were really lucky to be invited to Copenhagen Fashion Week. Many thanks to Gregersen Communication and CFW. Also, additional huge thanks to Stine Riis. You may have read some of our previous posts about Stine. I had the pleasure of mentoring Stine just before she graduated. Her stunning final collection not only won a prize when it was shown at LCF‘s graduate show, but Stine went on to win the first ever H&M Design Award.

The H&M prize was a huge boost to Stine’s start as a designer presenting her own label, with key pieces from the winning collection launching in selected H&M stores exclusively in the UK during London Fashion Week on 17th September. The collection will then be available from 20th September in selected H&M stores in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. A selection of garments will also be available online.

Stine has been working with the H&M design team to develop chosen pieces from the collection, including a wool skirt and jacket with patent leather panels, a winter coat with strong shoulder details, a silk and patent leather blouse with a transparent back, and a knitted jumper with leather detailing.

“I can’t wait to see the collection at H&M! I want to see women wearing my designs and adapting them to suit their own style. Developing the collection with H&M has been a great learning experience, and their support has been so important to me. Key pieces from the collection are the jackets and the coat, as well as the skirt with leather panels” says Stine Riis, designer.

I cannot wait to be able to buy Stine’s collection. Well, done, and well deserved! We have some coverage from Stine’s SS’13 show at Copenhagen Fashion Week dropping a little later today too, so watch out.

“Blink” Events: H&M Design Award, the Winner!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

We are absolutely delighted to tell you that Stine Riis, the British finalist from LCF, was announced the winner of the H&M Design Award yesterday. Wowsers! Huge congratulations to Stine.

She was revealed as the global winner at a special catwalk show at Stockholm’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, where Stine presented her winning collection. Stine also wins €50,000, and the chance to have around fifteen pieces from her collection sold in selected H&M stores in United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands in September. I can’t wait for that as Stine’s collection is absolutely fantastic. I’m making space in my wardrobe as we speak…

“I am still overwhelmed. Showing at Stockholm’s Mercedes-Benz fashion week has been such a great experience. I can’t believe so many people came to see my collection! This award gives me the confidence and financial back-up I need to pursue my dream of building my own brand. I couldn’t have imagined a better start to my career as a designer,” says Stine Riis, winner of the H&M Design Award 2012.

“Stine Riis impressed us all with the maturity and modernity of her work. Her collection was so complete, and so well finished. It was such a sophisticated show, and such an exciting occasion. I am proud that Stine is the first winner of the H&M Design Award,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M Head of Design.

“Stine Riis took the top prize with a polished, well-cut collection of strict tailoring in contrasting materials including leather, wool, metallics, and bonded fabrics. Her silhouette was lean but flowing, and particularly effective was her use of colour: a slim blue and orange bi-colour top, for example, or a blue coat stamped with white,” says Hilary Alexander, fashion journalist.

Stine Riis is a designer from Copenhagen who studied for her BA at the London College of Fashion in the United Kingdom. She called her final collection “Decadence & Decay”, and describes her style as “tailored future elegance”. You can see our coverage from her graduate show by clicking here. Stine puts great importance into the creative process and wants the construction of the garments to be part of the design, while also making clothing that is both wearable and covetable.

Meanwhile, the winner of the H&M Design Award People’s Prize was announced today as Anne Bosman. The prize has been decided by visitors to the H&M Design Award website, who have been voting since 27th January for their favourite collection. Anne Bosman receives a month’s internship at Christopher Kane’s design studio in London, giving him the chance to gain invaluable experience with one of fashion’s hottest designers.

“Blink” Events: H&M’s Design Award 2012 Finalists

Monday, January 30th, 2012

We’re at the next stage of the inaugural H&M Design Award. Here’s our first post on this, so you catch up if you missed out!

All six national winners have now been announced. Have a look at the video to see all of the wonderful collections and to hear from the jury, which includes the brilliant Suzie Lau aka Susie Bubble, the inspirational Christopher Kane and the fabulous Hilary Alexander, alongside fashion journalist, Kristopher Arden Houser and Ann-Sofie Johansson, Head of Design at H&M with Margareta van den Bosch, Creative advisor to H&M.
We are particularly proud to announce that the British winner is the incredibly talented Stine Riis. I mentored Stine in the run up to her graduation from LCF, and was delighted when she won the prize for ‘Innovative Use of Textiles’ for her graduate collection. We’re really hoping that her winning streaks hold out! Click here and here to see our previous posts about Stine’s great work.

Stine Riis, British Finalist

For more posts about H&M, click here. For more on Graduate Fashion Week, click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: H&M launches ‘Design Award’

Monday, January 16th, 2012

H&M has announced the launch of a new design award aimed at empowering and supporting  graduates from major design colleges around Europe, as well as inspiring upcoming generations of designers. The selection is being made from fourteen major design colleges across six countries. The participating colleges are Beckman’s College of Design, Stockholm and Borås Textilhögskolan, Borås in Sweden; DKDS, Copenhagen and Design Skolen Kolding, Kolding in Denmark; Universität der Kunste UdK, Berlin, University of Pforzheim, Pforzheim and Weissensee, Berlin in Germany; University of Brighton School of Architecture & Design, Brighton, Central Saint Martins, London and London College of Fashion, London in Great Britain; ArtEZ Institute of Arts, Arnhem and AMFI, Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp and La Cambre, Brussels in Belgium. The winning designer’s collection will be showcased at Stockholm’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on 1st February 2012, along with a prize of €50,000. The winner will also get the chance to have chosen pieces from their collection sold in selected H&M stores later in the year.

“I’m very excited about the H&M Design Award. It´s our first ever prize for new young designers, and it’s been such an inspiring experience to meet these talented graduates, to hear the vision behind their collections and to see the final result. With the award I hope we encourage young designers around the world to believe in themselves and their creativity. I can’t wait to share the experience with everyone on-line.” Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M Head of Design.

From 13th January everyone with an interest in fashion can follow the awards process online through a series of films at Videos and images of the graduates work will be posted online, meaning everyone gets to follow the progress of the award and to see 2012’s best new talent from around Europe. H&M’s Head of Design, Ann-Sofie Johansson, will blog about the process, and there will also be interviews with judges and glimpses into life at some of the world’s most prestigious fashion colleges. Visitors to the site can also vote for their favourite collection, the winner of which will receive a special People’s Prize. What a great opportunity to get involved! We’ll be following all the stages for sure. What an exciting addition to the fashion calendar.

Enjoy! Lucy