Copenhagen Fashion Week: Democratic Design

Copenhagen Fashion Week: Democratic Design

Scandinavian fashion has since long been on The Blogazine’s radar, and yesterday we went to Denmark for the inaugural of Copenhagen Fashion Week. Together with the three fairs, which will also take place during the week, the audience in Copenhagen can go from commercial looks to designers that are pushing the boundaries. Though, Scandinavian fashion might rather be known for being ‘democratic’ than avant-garde. During our first day of shows we saw adaptable collections of fine Scandinavian design and ended our day on a rooftop in the meatpacking district of Copenhagen.

The honours of doing the official opening show was given to Freya Dalsjö, the designer hailing from the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts and known for uniting fashion with art. The models were walking the runway to the rhythm of a heavy beat and in company of an army, a video projected to the backdrop. The powerful yet simple looks draw attention to military shapes in both sun visors and garments, and presented the attention to details in the cuts and concord of colours. From Freya Dalsjö’s Scandinavian commanding simplicity, to Stine Ladefoged‘s detailed and playful knits. The work between heavy and fine gauges was creating interesting silhouettes, shaping and volume.

From two fairly powerful shows to the most innocent one of the day; YDE. With the show being held outside in a beautiful courtyard and light, romantic and sensual yet glamorous, looks in colours going from soft yellow and green to strong pinks and lilac, the inspiration wasn’t to be mistaken. “I was very much inspired by flowers and wanted to create a sort of Garden of Eden,” the designer Ole Yde told the Blogazine after the show. YDE makes, beside the regular prêt-à-porter collections, also custom made pieces. “I have to emphasize that what we do is not haute couture, it’s something completely different. We create one of a kind pieces for special customers, but it can be anything from a day dress to evening wear, the important is that we make them feel good and comfortable.”

From the light and glamour, back to a dark collection at David Andersen. Both the men’s and women’s collections were carried out on the runway, and the similarities in the shapes in between were present. Tailcoat cuts, layers and material mixes presented in clean silhouettes where a little sequins, shimmer and sparks brought a pleasant life to the otherwise dark collection. The evening’s crowd pleaser came in Wackerhaus, who filled the house to the brim and presented an astonishing collection where the ‘wearability’ went from day to evening. Despite a long day behind us, we couldn’t miss the Henrik Vibskov show, which was a performance of its own, and where the graphic prints were carried out by models whose ebony skin colour brought an effective contrast to the vivid colours.

For the evening’s final stop, The Blogazine went to the meatpacking district and Soho House rooftop for Hubert‘s show with a live musical performance and models in slow motion. A collection where all the impressions of the day came together and confirmed the Scandinavian S/S 13.

Lisa Olsson Hjerpe – Image courtesy of COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK®.