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July 29 2014

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VMan Rounds Up A Few Great Danes

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Tonight at around 11 p.m.—so they say, but my money’s on midnight or later—a handful of Denmark’s best designers present a runway show of a few looks from their Fall collections for the revelers celebrating VMan‘s Scandinavian issue at Good Units. VMan‘s Stephen Gan sees big things in Scandinavia’s fashion future, I’m told, and has called in a few friends to make his case. But if late-night conditions aren’t favorable for a clear-eyed assessment (or for any editor with a husband, kid, or early bedtime), the group all gathered yesterday for a preview event and to meet the press.

Some names are familiar to U.S. buyers: Cheap Monday; Camilla Stærk, who shows at New York fashion week; and Henrik Vibskov, who shows men’s in Paris and a co-ed, and-the-kitchen-sink extravaganza in Copenhagen (last season’s included donkeys). But a few lesser-known Danish brands deserve their due. Day Birger et Mikkelsen, the lower-priced daywear line originally founded by Malene Birger, was covetable, especially at its reasonable prices. The men’s brand Soulland, whose hybrid cap/hat topper should replace the porkpie on every scruffy dude east of Avenue A, had great high-low pieces—I couldn’t take my hands off a varsity jacket with mink sleeves, even if it’s probably a little precious to wear anywhere near a game. And the flame-haired Stine Goya, an alum of Central Saint Martins, showed separates with a strong tailored streak. Her twining, cabled Snake sweater (pictured) is a best seller, she told me, and should look just as good with her wool or linen-silk wide-leg trousers as with your oldest weather-beaten jeans.

Photo: Courtesy of Stine Goya

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  1. rich_rich_frank_no says:

    fantastic! copenhagen really has it’s own brand of chic.

    I’d love to see a run-down of emerging designers from far-flung destinations. Each week a different country.

  2. LeilaSilva says:

    I love the knitted braids sweater. One piece denser, to the colder days in a great neutral color that is too easy to combine with all the colors, also neutral or vibrant. Knitting is a timeless classic style that never goes out of fashion and has a tremendous durability and is easy to conserve. Beautiful, elegant and practical! Could not be more perfect. By the way, a pair of straight pants would be the ideal companion for this piece so modern and sophisticated.

    Leila Silva
    http://www.leilasilva.wordpress.com

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