With Copenhagen fast gaining momentum as one of the major fashion capitals of the world, Denmark’s fashion industry is becoming a force to be reckoned with. Commanding a distinctive no-fuss aesthetic that seems somewhat absent from some of the more established fashion cities, each year Copenhagen Fashion Week serves up some of the freshest emerging and established labels Scandinavia has to offer. The SS'18 catwalks saw a blend of effortless feminine elegance and refined functional design with unexpected detail, reflecting the ever relaxed sophistication of Nordic lifestyles.
Though only the fourth season for this young designer, Cecilie Bahnsen has already made a splash in the fashion world, winning numerous awards as well as being a finalist for the 2017 LVMH Prize. Known for her dedicated craftsmanship, unique fabric combinations and exaggerated flouncy frocks, this season saw an elevated version of her feminine fresh signatures, including fluttering ruffles, billowing sleeves, full-skirted babydoll dresses and airy tops that bounced softly down the runway. The pieces were extravagantly sculptural with a likeness to artworks in a gallery space - each fashioned from quality fabrics in stark whites, faded pinks, cotton yellows and midnight blacks.
For her 10-year anniversary show, Stine Goya presented a dreamy feminine collection set against an industrial backdrop of the port area of Nordhavn. Rich in bold sunset hues and teeming with playful prints of florals, foliage, moons and stars, the youthful SS'18 collection - titled Flashback Forward - stayed true to the label’s DNA of whimsical elegance, relaxed lounge-worthy silhouettes and artistic patterns.
Merging quality design, comfort and social impact, Carcel is the brand new label set to take over Denmark’s fashion game. Launching their first collection this season at CHFW, their richly coloured nonchalant knits and luxurious basics were handmade by female inmates in a Peruvian prison, using 100% natural baby Alpaca. With strong beliefs in slow fashion, a commitment to sustainable production processes and a sensibility for classic design like no other, the emerging label is sure to be the future of Scandinavian fashion.
Summer cool and midriff-baring; sheer florals and flouncy frills - these were the quirky characteristics dominating cult favourite Ganni’s show. Amidst oversized wader-style denim trousers and slouchy-chic jackets drenched in a palette of periwinkle blues, pumpkin oranges and pale yellows, Ganni’s sweet, fresh aesthetic and breezy cuts speak to the boldly independent girls of Copenhagen and the world.
ORDRE designer Freya Dalsjo took her SS’18 collection to the next level, creating a unique virtual reality presentation in collaboration with immersive content production company, Flimmer360, who specialise in 360 video and spacial audio experiences. Celebrated for her fresh, avant garde approach to design, Dalsjo often challenges the boundaries of her materials and aesthetics in relation the body. This season saw the classic trench coat completely redefined into a 2-in-1 transformable statement piece, fashioned in black, beige and mixed patchwork snakeskin, as well as sharp asymmetric power suits with unsual pocket placing, and minimalist graphic trousers paired with sheer high neck tops. The SS’18 collection also saw limited edition cotton robes and tops created in collaboration with sportswear label H2O.
Experience Freya Dalsjo’s SS'18 collection in 360 virtual reality here.
Challenging the status quo of minimalist Scandinavian design is Saks Potts - a label committed to presenting the untraditional, with a fresh and fun approach to fur. Copenhagen’s cool-kid label is all about creating highly-adaptable, playful pieces that work across seasons, adding a zesty dose of life to timeless styles. Their slightly off-kilter SS’18 collection saw lots of bubblegum pinks, lavenders and duck egg blues displayed in a range of signature statement coats, as well as embellished glass beading, checkers and stripes.
There was bold juxtaposition at Anne Vest, which saw a collection inspired by laidback summer sentiments, though each piece was either accented or totally shrouded in sweltering fur. Sky blue, emerald green, and sandy beige set the summery base tones for pops of beach ball red and yellow. The collection was playful, earthy and experimental, featuring lots of Anne Vest’s signature polka dot motifs, with key pieces ranging sheer shirts, fur coats, flowing ruffles and tailored pants, all matched with furry slides or pumps and finished with beach ball earrings.