French fashionistas are no longer in charge. The Fashion world is currently obsessed with Danish fashion. Whether it’s our addiction to cult brand Ghani, to the classic pieces with the twist by designer Melena Birger, Danish Royal family favorite, or the relaxed Danish fashionistas riding their bikes nonchalantly around town in the freezing cold, still with envious style.
Danish fashion is definitely on our radar for 2017 presenting an incredible ability to mix bold colours with understated elegance, inspiring our wardrobe this season. Copenhagen Fashion Week presents a unique combination of well-known Scandinavian brands with an international profile alongside talented young designers.
The Danish capital that is known for its men’s fashion brands, gave a platform this season to some particularly strong menswear collections. Menswear and womenswear were presented side by side in a perfect synergy with some collections occasionally blurring the boundaries between the sexes.
One of the trends seen on the runways was obviously the return of the artificial fur – suitable to the Scandinavian weather. Red colour definitely ruled this season and made an appearance at most of collection in forms of touches such as fur (again!), booties or collars as seen at Ivan Grundahl and Baum und Pferdgarten, bold red eye makeup as seen in DOMANOFF or head to toes red outfits. Stripes was another trend that is here to stay –the pajama trend seen on runways around the world is set to stay this season – was spotted in different variations on Danish catwalks in forms of loose striped pajama and high heels combo as seen at By Malene Birger in the womenswear department, or in a more challenging combinations armed with different elements as seen at Henrik Vibskov’s ‘deformed yogis‘ collection – Vibskov is one of the most important designers in the menswear niche and his stand out collection was was dedicated to the art of sport and physical activity. Floral prints was also a noticeable trend that was spotted quite a lot on runways – in interesting combinations of colors and textures.
With everything that is happening in the world, and all the changes in the political arena it’s only natural that the fashion world will be involved – also seen in Copenhagen. Avant-garde fashion brand Munthe returning to Copenhagen this year after several years of break, took on the challenge and presented an edgy collection in an unusual location – indoor skateboarding park. The entire location was decorated with smiley red lips while guests were greeted with chocolate with the wording: ‘Pussy Grabs Back’, which gave a little preview to what was expected.
The collection featured a perfect mix of colors, textures and prints as well as a combination of femininity and masculinity. The grunge vibe was highlighted with checkered shirts and high sole trainers. Styling was a layered worn look with a nod to the eighties. On the finale, the designer walked out with the models wearing her ‘Pussy grabs back’ t-shirt, while one of the models holds a Donald Trump mask.
Iranian Berlin based designer Leyla Piedayesh, owner of Lala Berlin which has a long love story with Danish fashionistas, also ended her colorful fashion show with a political statement as she walked the catwalk carrying a sign saying “I am an immigrant,” and received a standing ovation. Lala Berlin built her reputation around printed scarves, but they were rarely seen this season in the collection. Instead stripes were also spotted here, knitwear with different textures or with fringe detailing and floral dresses – all paired with pointy lace-up booties. The political statement was also felt throughout the collection with shirts with slogans like: “Change” and “Revolution “.
There is no doubt that Copenhagen Fashion Week starts to take an important place in the European fashion arena, bringing a combination of the well-known Scandinavian design aesthetics, bold local brands, elegant evening wear, street fashion and everything in between.