CAMILLA STAERK
Denmark native Camilla Stærk draws on dual legacies of Danish visual heritage in her work as a fashion designer - the fluid lines of modern design, and the haunting fog brooding over Prince Hamlet's Elsinore Castle - and blends them together in creating a unique and deeply personal vision of dress that has drawn worldwide acclaim.

Trained in London, Stærk found immediate positive reception: Her graduate fashion show at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication caught the eye of both the International press and buyers at the boutiques Browns Focus in London and Maria Luisa in Paris.
She went on to be awarded Top Shop's New Generation Award three times, and her collections in London marked Stærk as "a future fashion star," according to British Vogue, and immediately garnered reviews in publications such as Women's Wear Daily, New York Magazine and Elle Paris.

Camilla's distinct collections also quickly developed a devoted celebrity following, with fans including Julianne Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Liv Tyler, PJ Harvey, Connie Nielsen, and The Raveonettes. Model and photographer Helena Christensen proved so devoted to Stærk's designs, she stocked them at her shop, Butik, but also hosted Stærk's debut presentation in New York at the store, and threw an A-list fashion week party for the designer to celebrate her first runway show in the city.
Publications that continue to support Stærk include Vogue, Nylon, ID, The New York Times Magazine, Allure, W, Women's Wear Daily, Style.com, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Another Magazine and Elle.

In 2006, Camilla Stærk relocated to New York to launch her current brand, STÆRK. Embracing her new home, she channeled American influences such as Twin Peaks and the sculpture of Louise Nevelson into collections that are distinctively hers; darkly romantic in mood, sharply cut, and notable for the designer's innovative working of leather and jersey.

The STÆRK brand currently includes apparel, swim, shoes and bags and sunglasses, and is noted for its regular collaboration and one-off projects with other design houses and partners.

STÆRK Signature, a reinterpreted capsule collection of Camilla Stærk's most popular pieces, was launched in New York in July 2009, and now retails alongside STÆRK collection.

STÆRK has been included in the roster of designers for the MAC/Milk sponsored New York Fashion Week presentation list since its inception.

"Camilla Stærk, a Danish designer with a downtown base, refined her tough-girl aesthetic by treating leather in a way that was both sleek and elegant. Adding black lace gave the outfits that push-pull quality. Ms. Stærk, who said she was inspired by the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, showed only a dozen looks, including a long, reedy trench coat in mannish gray wool tweed with leather insets. What was underneath? Did it matter? She makes you wonder about the woman."
Cathy Horyn, The New York Times, February 15th 2009.
COLLABORATIONS

2011 STÆRK / KOPENHAGEN FUR
  Luxury Fur House
Mens collection and Mens shoe collection
Designed by Camilla Stærk for the A/W 2012 Kopenhagen Fur global campaign
  
  STÆRK / BELLA SKY COMWELL HOTEL
  Copenhagen
Hotel Interiour Concept designed by Camilla Stærk for Copenhagen's new Bella Sky Comwell Hotel
Rug Designs for Suites and Lounge areas
Bathroom Attire and Accessories for Suites
  
2010 ECCO I STÆRK
  Shoe collection designed by Camilla Stærk, developed by Ecco
For STÆRK show, New York Fashion Week, September 2010

ECCO I STÆRK Shoe collection designed by Camilla Stærk, developed by Ecco For STÆRK show, New York Fashion Week, February 2010

STÆRK HUMMEL Copenhagen Capsule Shoe Collection of Mens and Women Designed by Camilla Stærk for the sports brand Hummel
  
2009NORMANN COPENHAGEN by CAMILLA STÆRK
  Home and Interior launch design
'Spine Rug', by Camilla Stærk for Normann Copenhagen
  
2008STÆRK / EDDIE BORGO
 Jewelry Collection
For STÆRK show
New York Fashion Week, September 2008
  
2007STÆRK / JEN TOZER
 Jewelry Collection
For STÆRK show
New York Fashion Week, September 2007

STÆRK / SELIMA OPTIQUE
Eyewear Collection designed by Camilla Stærk, developed by Selima Optique
For STÆRK show,
New York Fashion Week, September 2007
  


CONSULTANCY WORK

2008 -
2011
SYNCHRO CROSSINGS (WORLD INC.)
Tokyo
  Creative Director, Womenswear and Accessories
  
2004 -
2006
LIBERTY OF LONDON
London
 Design Consultant, Bags and Accessories for the Liberty of London own brand
"Watch impossibly lithe Royal Ballet dancers swirl about in STÆRK's spring fashion film, made in collaboration with avant-garde filmmaker Barnaby Roper, and composer Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes. For the collection itself, Camilla Stærk found inspiration in the haunting work of the late Danish painter Hans Henrik Lerfeldt."
-Fashion Copious, August 20 2011
"Taking the work of famed French interior designer Andree Putman as the jumping off point for her spring/summer 2011 collection, Camilla Stærk presented what is quite possibly her strongest collection to date"
-Lauren David Peden, Vogue.com, September 13 2010
"Camilla Stærk, a Danish designer with a downtown base, refined her tough-girl aesthetic by treating leather in a way that was both sleek and elegant. Adding black lace gave the outfits that push-pull quality. Ms Stærk, who said she was inspired by the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, showed only a dozen looks, including a long, reedy trench coat in mannish gray wool tweed with leather insets. What was underneath? Did it matter? She makes you wonder about the woman."
-Cathy Horyn, The New York Times, February 15 2009
"Camilla Stærk's work is beloved by strong, sensual, balls-to-the-wall women, and that may well be because the Danish-born designer is almost always inspired by strong sensual, balls-to-the-wall women, (artist Louise Nevelson, experimental filmmaker Maya Deren) and because she is one herself"
-Lauren David Peden, Vogue.com SS09 Runway Review
"With each new season she shows in New York, Camilla Stærk's vision becomes more refined"
-Romney Leader, Style.com SS09 Runway Review
"Stærk's fall collection, called Black Bride of the Moon, came together so beautifully, intertwining the twin darknesses of her own vaguely perverse, modern vision and Nevelson's angular and textural 'assemblages'. It should help lift her from under the radar into the mainstream of New York talents, where she belongs."
-Meenal Mistry, Style.com AW08 Runway Review
"What Danish designer Camilla Stærk can't do with a piece of leather ain't worth knowing"
-Elle UK, News page, June 2004
AWARDS & SPONSORSHIPS

2011 KOPENHAGEN FUR
  S/S 2012 Film & Event Sponsorship
New York, July 2011
Copenhagen, August 2011

CHAMPAGNE NICOLAS FEUILLATTE
S/S 2012 Film & Event Sponsorship
New York, July 2011
Copenhagen, August 2011
  
2010 MAC&MILK
  Show Sponsorship
New York Fashion Week, September 2010

STATENS KUNSTFOND / THE DANISH ART FOUNDATION
Work Grant Award, May 2010

MAC&MILK
Show Sponsorship
New York Fashion Week, February 2010

REPUBLIC OF FRITZ HANSEN
Show Product Sponsorship
New York Fashion Week, February 2010
  
2009DANISH DESIGN CENTRE
 Show Sponsorship Award
New York Fashion Week, February 2009
  
2008Bumble and bumble
 Runway Show Sponsorship Award
New York Fashion Week, September 2008

GenArt FASHION FUND AWARD
Runway Show Sponsorship Award
First designer to ever receive this solo award,
New York Fashion Week, February 2008
  
2007NOVO NORDISK
 Runway Show Sponsorship
New York Fashion Week, February 2007
  
2005TopShop NEW GENERATION AWARD
 Sales Stand Sponsorship Award
London Fashion Week, February 2005
  
2004TopShop NEW GENERATION AWARD
 Sales Stand Sponsorship Award
London Fashion Week, September 2004
  
 TopShop NEW GENERATION AWARD
 Runway Show Sponsorship Award
London Fashion Week, February 2004
  
2003FASHION EAST
 Runway Show and Sales Stand Sponsorship Award
London Fashion Week, February 2003
  
2002OSAKA COLLECTION
 Runway Show Sponsorship Award
Osaka Fashion Week, Japan, November 2002
  
 FASHION EAST
 Runway Show and Sales Stand Sponsorship Award
London Fashion Week, February 2002
  
2001CARLSBERG
 Runway Show Sponsorship
London Fashion Week, February 2001
  
 TopShop NEW GENERATION AWARD
 Sales Stand Sponsorship Award
London Fashion Week, February 2001
  
2000FASHION EAST
 Runway Show and Sales Stand Sponsorship Award
London Fashion Week, September 2000
CAMILLA STÆRK BIO
DESIGN CONSULTANCIES+COLLABORATIONS
CRITICAL RECEPTION
AWARDS