Nina Skarra: Making history


It was a moment of excitement. Time stood still at the sitting rows of Lincoln Centre in New York, while people sat down to watch the first Scandinavian designer ever at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. The first Norwegian as well. It all started with a car accident Nina Skarra survived, making her realize what´s important in life. She took a decision to follow her dream of designing clothes.
Pure elegance
On September 8 2012, her time had come. Her sustainable collection for SS 2013 were shown on healthy models with fresh look. The gowns, dresses, shorts, pants, skirts and tops had the beautiful and clean Scandinavian look, but with exciting details of horizontal stripes, ruffles and transparent parts. The color scheme is white, champagne, light pink, black and light blue. She had graphical elements on some of the black dresses. The fitting is amazing. The clothes were made of light, quality fabrics that embrace the female body. The figure is higly feminine, but in a natural way.

Ingunn Birkeland´s shoes in pastels, gold and champagne were a perfect match with Nina Skarra´s pure elegance. Kathrine Lindman delivered jewels for the catwalk show.

Lil´Kim expressed her support for Nina Skarra. She even said she saw a few pieces she liked.

- She´s doing something different with sustainable clothes, she said to Min Mote.



Becoming a fashion pioneer
The designer herself was relieved, though she thought it was stressing during the show.

- I think it´s lovely. It feels very good after sitting inside a little studio for two months, she said to Min Mote.

Earlier in the day, she said to Aftenposten how big this is for her career:

- Now I´m one of 20 to 30 designers who´s guaranteed to show collections here in New York when I want. The doors are opening for me - for example to Paris and Milan. This makes me one of the world´s leading designers.

Nina is a new star on the fashion sky. Even Angelina Jolie wears her design. Warner Bros. has written a contract with the designer, so you´ll see her clothes in episodes like «Boardwalk Empire» and «Grey´s Anatomy».

She also works together with United Nations on the project «Fiber for the future», collaborating with Louis Vuitton and Hermés to make endangered natural areas in Mexico sustainable for the Indians who live there.

Text: Hanne Erøy. Photos: Mercedes-Bentz Fashion Week.