Michael Olestad Nybråten (b.1981) is an Oslo-based designer, with a degree from Middlesex University. He has held positions with designers such as Ann-Sofie Back and Acne Studios, and is now focused on his namesake label, founded in 2016.
Michael Olestad is the designers declaration of independence; stripping all 'taught' design methodism, continuously working towards expressing an artistic voice.
His collections touch upon notions of experience, biography and introspection through the medium of fashion. Evolving around drapery and tailoring, material experimentation and an open conceptualism - his work leaves room for the wearer to experiment and explore the finished garment for themselves.
Olestad has shows four collections to date, and have collaborated with artists and musicians, showing work at Rogaland Kunstsenter, UKS OSLO, The National Opera and Kunstnernes Hus. He is the recipient of the BIK BOK Runway Award 2017.
AW 18 Lookbook
AW 18 Show ‘Rite-de-passage’2
Transforming, passing through, betwixt and between - this is the state from which Michael Olestad creates his collections at the moment.
From ideas, sensations and streams of consciousness he is carving out pieces, silhouettes and products to fit his emerging vision.
For his FW18 collection, that means going back to the source of the classical elements, shapes and codes of dressmaking, while infusing the process with his own sensibility.
‘Rite-de-passage’ pulls these threads together, and surrounds them with the support of friends and family in both collection and show; Nils Bech singing Jimmy Somerville’s ‘Coming’, Matias Faldbakken and Ida Ekblads artwork as symbolic gems and integral parts of the collection.
The clothes speak of the various techniques, fabrics and ideas Olestad employs at the moment; and speaks of strength and vulnerability in equal measures.
Blouses in silk crepe de chine and a leatherette trench share a collar sculpted on the front, that can also be used as a normal collar. Lace appliqués shape draped tops, sleeves and tights. Lambswool rib knits with a double collar reveals the neck on one side, while a blood red viscose crepe satin dress flashes a bare back.
Lama-wool, camel-coloured trench-coat stands out while the light blues of knits and draped linen shirts blends into the monumental wall-piece by Vanessa Baird at Kunstnernes Hus.
In his quest to engage and challenge fashion from the point of view as a young, artistically minded designer, the money clip earrings and choker are crude reminders, mimicking fetish as a comment on the struggle for a young brand to survive in this industry.
SS 18 Show
SS 18 Campaign
SS 18 Backstage