Wednesday, 15 August 2012

The best of Copenhagen Fashion Week

London, Paris, New York and Milan- the fashion capitals of the world. Where the well-dressed and the well-to-do gather for the next season's catwalk shows and the current season's hottest parties. There are fashion weeks all across the world but none garner as much media attention as the big four, owing mostly to the fact that the majority of the world's most distinguished designers show there. However going off the beaten track can often uncover some real sartorial gems. This week I checked out (online, seeing as I am sadly nowhere near Denmark) Copenhagen Fashion Week, which has just ended. I found a number of promising, innovative designers which some of you may be familiar with already, representing the ultimate in Scandi-cool. Because we all know that those Scandinavians have some serious style credentials.

Here are some of Copenhagen Fashion Week's coolest shows for Spring Summer 2013.  

Tabernacle Twins S/S 13

A relatively new label, Tabernacle Twins may only be 5 seasons old but it sure doesn't seem it. Focusing on producing colourful, comfortable and very wearable womenswear with a mixture of textures and prints, the brand are inspired by imaginary twin muses who go off on fashionable adventures. Their S/S 13 show had a slight McQueen S/S 10 feel to it, with dark and intricate prints on bodysuits, dresses and shirts, similar to the reptilian prints at Alexander's last ever show. There was also a hint of Chanel Pre-fall 2012 with glamourous head jewellery and piercings. However the brand as a whole has a very individual stamp, with white flatforms, plenty of studs and luxurious materials such as the Scandi staple- white lace. Overall, an extremely trendsetting show with some seriously desirable clothes. Hipsters, take note.

Stine Goya S/S 13

Central Saint Martin's graduate Stine Goya has always been a firm fashion week favourite in Copenhagen. Since 2006, Goya has set trend after trend faithfully followed by Scandinavia's street stylistas. Her S/S 13 show offered up a quirky carnival vibe with a catwalk of lightbulbs, an array of coloured face paints, grown-up harlequin prints and Amanda Norgaard's candyfloss pink afro. The clothes were typically relaxed shapes with a streetwear edge- caps and trainers glammed up with glittery golds and slouchy separates with eye-catching accessories. Pastels were the main colour palette, with a glossy, watercolour-like silk popping up throughout the collection. 

Freya Dalsjo S/S 13

Sports luxe was taken to a new extreme even for the Scandinavians on the Freya Dalsjo catwalk. Olympic spirit was relived through cut-away visors, padded shoulders, streamlined trousers and tennis-like skirts. But retaining a feminine edge was the distinct 1920's flapper flavour with the feathers, fringing and drop-waists, only taken into the current day with a whole lot of leather. An emerging designer, Freya Dalsjo aims to fuse both fashion and art with her pieces, and it certainly makes for interesting viewing. 

Anne Sofie Madsen S/S 13

Anne Sofie Madsen is one of Copenhagen's biggest exports and it's easy to see why. So far, she has trained under John Galliano for Dior before moving to London to work as Junior Designer for Alexander McQueen. A very impressive CV if there ever was one. Some tiny Galliano and McQueen influences are present in this collection but it is by far an extremely individual and unique slant on womenswear. The models were styled with a Grimes-like fringe and the clothes were absolute cutting-edge with bodycon materials, laser-cut dresses and a tonal colour scheme that just screams cool. There's very little wrong with this collection and was, for me, the highlight of Copenhagen Fashion Week. Keep an eye out for more from this talented designer. I think this might just be her year. 

1 comment:

  1. I love these designs, so beautiful, intricate and different. Absolutely fantastic! :)


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