Cecilie Bahnsen’s spring/summer 2018 showcase was a minimalist take on femininity that felt young, fresh and easy to wear. Models walked the runway wearing handmade sculptural pieces with oversize frills and styled with sneakers. Modern yet steeped in cultural references, this was a collection that captured both Cecilie Bahnsen’s and Copenhagen’s signature fashion aesthetic. Expect unusual fabric and traditional craftsmanship from the label, plus a lesson in how to go girly the Danish way.
Baum und Pferdgarten has recently upped its social media presence by inviting a select few UK fashion bloggers to its base in Copenhagen to spend time getting to know the brand and its designers, Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehave. Pieces range from printed silk dresses to knitted co-ords and lend themselves well to creative styling. The message here? Don’t be afraid to mix prints and go bold with colour combinations.
As Copenhagen Fashion Week becomes more globally recognised, so do its most esteemed designers. Freya Dalsjø is one such name – her label has become a permanent fixture on the event schedule since its inception in 2012. Favoured for her conceptual cuts, minimalist aesthetic and precision tailoring, she masters the tricky art of combining trends with timelessness. Her latest collaboration with ex-model and interior designer Lindsey Wixson explores sustainability, presenting an entire collection using only natural cotton and silk and focussing on the longevity of each piece.
Despite being established back in 1993 and staying true to its identity ever since, it’s only recently that Samsøe & Samsøe has garnered itself a fashion-forward international following. Prices are accessible and collections are stocked at Harvey Nichols in the UK, who sell a small selection of silk camisoles, printed shirting and tailored separates as well as dresses suited to wedding season.
Fur-trimmed outerwear is Saks Potts’ main focus and the look is a confident one. Retro silhouettes, pastel shades and statement design details work together to make light of cold-weather dressing. Since its first runway presentation during Copenhagen Fashion Week spring/summer 2016, it has gone beyond the realms of local fame and now sits on the New York Fashion Week schedule instead. As a result, it showcases to a wider audience and is stocked on Farfetch and Matchesfashion.com.
Anne Vest takes an innovative approach to working with fur and each season she presents a trend-focussed collection of oversize coats and totes made from shearling as well as knitwear and cotton basics adorned with playful pompoms. Epitomising effortless contemporary style, her pieces are often spotted on the backs of some of Fashion Week’s most prestigious street style stars, including influencer Vanessa Hong from The Haute Pursuit and fashion consultant Loulou De Saison.
Stine Goya uses her namesake label as a way of expressing her love of art, colour and print, and her collections capture the playful side of Danish fashion. Textured fabrics feature throughout the collection, but there’s something dreamlike about the occasionwear offering with its glitter threads and sequin embellishments. Daytime attire places focus on silhouette and while the brand is traditionally loved for its floral dresses, recent seasons have seen a strong focus placed on tailoring.
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