7 posts tagged "Copenhagen Fashion Week"
Given Copenhagen’s chilly climate, it’s no surprise that during the city’s biannual fashion week, which wrapped on Friday, Scandinavian designers turned out warm, functional garments. Gorgeous coats were staples, and some of the best came from Designers Remix’s uniform-inspired collection. Fur was also a fixture, and particularly stood out on rising star Freya Dalsjø’s runway (above, left). Her use of color-blocking brought new dimension to her mink coats and pumps.
After a few seasons of absence, Danish favorites Wackerhaus and Stine Goya (above, right) made strong returns to Copenhagen fashion week. The former presented layers of tailored, feminine garments, while the latter enlisted top Danish models Lykke May and Louise P to showcase her voluminous lavender, baby blue, and mint green wares. Those looking for decadence got their fill at By Malene Birger. The brand’s namesake founder departed the label last season, and the Fall ’14 collection was designed by Christina Exsteen. The lineup, with its seventies-inspired maxi-glam feel, was true to the brand and felt younger and more directional than previous By Malene Birger offerings.
Both Anne Sofie Madsen and Asger Juel Larsen (above, left) were inspired by Antarctica this season, but each of their collections showcased the respective designer’s signatures, and demonstrated why these two talents are gaining international recognition. Madsen’s white furs definitely caught editors’ eyes, as did her intricate, ice-crystal-like dresses. Meanwhile, Larsen’s techno-inspired, tribal-printed collection had a campy quality, and was one of the top outings of the season. Wali Mohammed Barrech’s black-and-red ninja looks also deserve a mention—he’s one of the city’s most interesting up-and-comers. We’ll be keeping our eye on him.
Copenhagen’s clique of clever urban brands, Wood Wood, Baum und Pferdgarten, and Henrik Vibskov (above, right), were at it again for Fall ’14. Vibskov’s spaghetti-inspired collection gave a lesson in colorful joy, while Wood Wood stuck to a more sporty aesthetic. And one of Fall ’14′s biggest trends in Copenhagen—check patterns—was done best by Baum und Pferdgarten. The clothes were an unlikely combination of grunge and prep.
Even with the promise of champagne, 8 a.m. is an early call time for the last day of fashion week. But that didn’t stop editors from flocking to Day Birger et Mikkelsen‘s Copenhagen flagship for an early-morning presentation. While show-goers enjoyed a tasty brunch, models wove through the room in tweed coats, wrap dresses, pencil skirts, fluffy sweaters and tiger-print pants. Casual suits and beaded jackets were also Fall features and showed off the brand’s signature fusion of intricate craftsmanship and simplicity.
After more than thirty years on the fashion scene, Ivan Grundahl is not exactly a new kid on the block. Even so, his Fall ’13 felt youthful, and even a little rock ’n’ roll. Asymmetrical lines, architectural shapes, and uneven silhouettes are Grundahl’s signatures—all of which were present during Friday’s show. The collection (above) offered lots of heavy boots, loose trousers, and sweaters in dark prints, black, and army green. Large pockets and lace were used as accents, and balloon-shaped dresses and sequined skirts provided hints of femininity.
Stine Riis, the winner of last year’s H&M Design Award, closed out Copenhagen fashion week with her collection, RIIS. For Fall ’13, she continued her love affair with clean dressing and discreet details, showing tailored trousers and narrow pencil skirts mixed with silk shirts and wool outerwear. A gray jacket was one of the best pieces in the show, and cutout patent leather details on skirts and tops were a nice contrast to the modern minimalism.
The most committed designers won’t let the prospect of labor delay their shows. And in the case of Danish designer Stine Goya, that was labor literally—the very pregnant designer was due the same day as her collection was to debut. But Goya’s collection marched on as scheduled (her baby, for what it’s worth, didn’t make an appearance) and secured her spot as the standout of the season.
The designer’s relaxed, feminine forms are widely flattering, but like the seventies Danish designer Margit Brandt, Goya is her own best model. Maybe that’s why all the models in her show were styled with her own signature cat-eye makeup and coif—long, strawberry blond locks with blunt-cut bangs. The collection took hot-air ballooning for its theme, emphasizing voluminous, beaded frocks, printed silk dresses, draped trousers in pretty pastels and sherbet shades. And Goya, a former Chanel model herself, took her runway bow in a peach and white form-fitting dress with a balloon-sized belly.
The rest of Copenhagen fashion week was somewhat less buoyant, since many of the city’s most artistically innovative designers were M.I.A. Vilsbøl de Arce and Spon Diogo were noticeably absent from the schedule, which was heavy on commercial labels such as Munthe plus Simonsen, Malene Birger, and Hugo Boss. But the refreshingly clean minimalist Bruuns Bazaar collection, Henrik Vibskov’s Dadaist presentation on a circular stage set rotated by costumed stagehands, and Anne Sofie Madsen’s magnificent collection of dresses with sculptural frills and prints inspired by Piero Fornasetti maintained Copenhagen’s strong creative integrity as the fashion showcase for future generations of stylish Danes.
The calendar of global fashion weeks has already whipped cognoscenti around the world this year, and it’s barely February. This week, New York hosts its packed schedule of Fall shows; last week, it was Copenhagen’s turn on the world fashion stage.
Copenhagen fashion week energizes the whole city. Massive television screens beam the shows to the general public, who gather for impromptu parties on the street. Other fashion weeks have struggled to absorb trends from the axis-of-influence cities, but Copenhagen stays true to its own traditions, largely centered around loose, layers and bold prints. It’s a look done best by Henrik Vibskov, who helped define Danish design, but he’s got plenty of compatriots with collections worth seeing.
Stine Goya’s uncanny collection of graceful jumpsuits, rounded-shouldered jackets, raspberry-colored prairie-girl hats and softly draped dresses at the inspiring wood-paneled Danish Royal Danish Academy of Music was a standout (above left). So was the show from the talented Wackerhaus label, which looked like a sexed-up version of Goya’s slinkier pieces. The youthful, streetwear-leaning line Wood Wood stayed true to form with a collection of multi-layered print unisex coats, dresses and leggings in soft prints and muted shades of yellow, gray and maroon. Danish design is sometimes faulted for being overly theatrical, but any of these pieces off the runway could be easily assimilated into an everyday wardrobe. Not so those shown at Vilsbøl de Arce’s tiny presentation: lacerated leather masks, leather and wood laced boots and sculptural dresses and bodysuits (above right). They didn’t make a case for wearability, but you could easily see why the label often supplies Rihanna and Lady Gaga.
When Helena Christensen says go, you go—even, as it turns out, if it happens to be pouring rain. That’s how it went at the so-called “World’s Greatest Catwalk” that closed out Copenhagen fashion week on Saturday. Organizers laid down literally a mile of pink carpet in the city center, and Helena Christensen issued the sendoff to the more than 200 catwalkers, from infants (cradled in mom’s arms) to Denmark’s leading elderly model, all of whom hoofed it through town in looks put together by local merchants.
Rain, as it turned out, was one of the week’s overriding themes. A storm raged during Stine Goya’s show, where models glided through rooms decorated with Victorian-style installations of antique furniture and massive floral arrangements. At Wood Wood (above), the designers actually hosed down their models before sending them into the spotlight at the Den Frie contemporary art museum; with army jackets, shirtdresses, and khakis clinging to their bodies underneath backpacks, they looked like kids caught in a thunderstorm on the way home from school. On the other hand, mother nature luckily held the rain from Henrik Vibskov’s outdoor show at a park known locally as a hook-up spot (despite the swim goggles Vibskov accessorized his looks with, and the two enormous wood boats that burly men pushed into the center of the catwalk for the finale).
But rain or no rain, Copenhagen is about fun more than overly serious, capital-F fashion. Although one of the country’s most established names in womenswear, Margit Bradt (below), showed a strong collection playing on a safari theme (one picked up by several other designers as well), Soulland designer Silas Adler freely admitted that much of the best Danish style is “too basic to put on a catwalk” in Milan or Paris. (Though Adler, whose label grew out of a modest T-shirt project he started with skater friends, did throw some suits into the mix for the first time, below.) The real action in Denmark is at street-level, without the pomp and circumstance that can attend other European fashion weeks. Take Soulland’s after-party, which went down, sans formal invites, at a dive bar called Andy’s—one that the owner had to be roused from a stupor to open that night. Continue Reading “The Weather (And Fashion) Report From Copenhagen” »