9 posts tagged "Henrik Vibskov"
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.
“Art is part of the collection and the collection is part of the art,” Henrik Vibskov told us. Case in point: The graphic works on paper he’s showing at Berlin’s Pool Gallery, beginning today, will also appear on the textiles of his Fall 2010 collection, debuting next week in Copenhagen. “I basically let my brain go through its messy journeys with suspicious approaches,” he says of his process. “I compare art making to jazz music or free-styling. It is all about improvisation.” Those messy journeys have taken him from visual art to fashion to music and everywhere in between, and his personas—at least according to the man himself—are just as far-ranging. “I think I’m Swedish in a Danish way but with a Norwegian approach,” he says. We won’t even try to interpret that. But for the record, he’s from Denmark.
The Brits have Glastonbury; the Danes have Roskilde. Drummer-slash-designer Henrik Vibskov will be upping the festival’s fashion quotient this weekend with a pop-up store (I know, we’ve sworn them off, but this one’s different; it’s at a music festival!) that will sell “limited hand-picked samples from previous collections at friendly prices.” Runway darling Agnete Hegelund will be there—rain or shine. Her boyfriend’s band Mew is performing. “I’ll be wearing my least expensive clothes because they get totally dirty,” she explained. If they do, maybe she can snag some of Vibskov’s priced-to-sell designs.
What do baby showers and four-on-the-floor techno have in common? Henrik Vibskov, naturally. Last night, the Danish designer fêted the stateside launch of his new line of kiddie goods made in collaboration with buggy specialists Quinny, and though the party represented Vibskov’s debut fashion event in New York, he’s hardly a stranger to the city. “The last time I was here I was playing a show,” he explained. “But I was on tour, so it was sort of a short trip.” The tour was with his band Trentemøller, for which Vibskov plays drums; asked to detail the group’s sound, he pithily summed it up as “rave-y.” That word also suffices to describe Vibskov’s hallucinogenic prints, which are splashed all over the Quinny-brand strollers, ponchos, and umbrellas he’s designed. Is Vibskov attempting to seduce a new generation onto the dance floor? Or merely tapping into the primal shambolics of childhood? “Well, kids like color,” he ceded, upon probing. “But I’m not sure my music had much of an influence on this stuff. I was probably just drawing on my own…” He trailed off, searching for the phrase. “Child inside?” he offered, at last. “I think I have a good connection to that part of me,” added Vibskov. “And anyway, I used to work at a kindergarten, too.”