The star of the Danish fashion scene, Henrik Vibskov is one of the only designers that can keep a crowd alert in anticipation at a 10:30 pm catwalk show, after a busy day at Copenhagen Fashion Week. The theme of the SS18 collection however, made perfect sense and was very fitting to the late hour. This season Vibskov explored the depths, movements and positions of sleep. The dreamlike setting was the outdoor courtyard of the majestic Charlottenborg Palace, where metal structure adorned with rolled-up fabric ad a group of ‘dolls’ in sleeping bags and books decorated the centre of the show space,
The SS18 collection – “A Great Chain of Sleepers” was actually inspired by a model falling asleep during last season’s show. only Vibskov can turn an ‘oops’ moment into inspiration and create an entire dreamy collection around it.
The sleepwalking models walked into the catwalk with under-eye puff patches for tired faces but looked nothing like we look when we go to bed. Colours and shapes created a world of dreams and sometimes nightmares full of Vibskov’s traditional layering, loose silhouettes, ruffle necks and unusual cuts that at the same time are always very wearable. We saw pattern clashing, abstract prints and eccentric colour combinations all with the designers’ quirky touch. Boxy shirtdresses and lightweight knits together with two-piece suits, robes and those pinstriped pyjamas, teamed with decorated leather backpacks all to create a perfect collection for the scandi spring/summer which definitely gives us something to think about in terms of creativity with an extra value of something we can all relate to.
“When the eyes are closed and the heart beats quickly, the body and mind becomes disengaged from the surroundings and the breathing becomes shallower. As we give up our bodies to sleep, sudden twitches escape our brains and we go through a chain of sleep stages.” – Henrik Vibskov