Last week I had the chance to participate in Copenhagen Fashion Week. A first time experience that left me marveled but also very exhausted. Following three days of shows and presentations from Denmark’s finest talent, here’s a little summary of my little fashion adventure.
You won’t find the same frenzied fashion week experience here. Far from it. Compared to New York or Paris, Copenhagen is relaxed and laid-back – to match the fashion that walks down its catwalks. I first headed to the City Hall Square where a mix of different fashionable people, colors, shapes and outfits gathered up to watch Barabara I Gongini runway show. The incredibly good weather got everyone up in a good mood and thrilled to get inside the imposing building.
Inside, heavy electro music followed the crowd as everybody tried to find the perfect spot to snap pictures of the garments that were going to parade in front of us.
Seating somewhere in the front on the far left side of the catwalk, the show began.
The man and woman collections included strong geometric cuts and dark soft ovoid silhouettes, focusing on the versatility of traditional tailoring. The specific crafting of the clothes aimed at being eloquently suitable for both men and women. The models walked like elegant mechanical puppets, sometimes in pairs performing a marionette-like dance, exhibiting flamboyant red or frosty white birds-nest hair.
I must say that the event itself was quite beautiful, and the grand City Hall made the whole thing even more dramatic. I’ve probably never been more psyched, and when the show finally ended my head and heart were still mesmerized by this pure fashion moment.
The second day was by far the most exhausting one. I had two shows ahead of me, which meant I had to run from one part of the city to the other. But I was still excited and even more delighted as my little sister was joining me for the Nicklas Kunz show taking place at the Grand cinema, an old-fashioned cinema.
Once inside, we all sat down in the very comfortable red seats, all wondering how the show was going to take place in this quite unconventional catwalk. Taking advantage of the big screen, the lights were turned off and the show began with an epic scene depicting a young Vito Corleone portrayed by Robert De Niro in Godfather II.
Remarkably well-built male models (with outstanding jaw lines) walked along the aisles and across the front strip of the theatre, followed by old and new school gangster rap music in the background. The collection, inspired by the iconic Godfather movies, was a mix of casual, yet chic, street style wear. The garments focused on a more clean and masculine look, mixing 1930s-inspired hats and sporty-meets-tailoring pieces, including turtleneck sweatshirts with collarless leather jackets, hoodies with paneled bomber jackets and pants, classic dress shirts with cropped pants.
My last and final fashion adventure led me to Trangravsvej, where the Asger Juel Larsen show was taking place in a giant warehouse. I arrived a bit earlier than expected, which allowed me to snap pictures in order to capture the essence of what fashion week is all about… Street style.
My little fashion adventure ended on a rock’n’roll note much to my satisfaction. Once in, the overwhelming temperature and crowd got me a tiny bit irritated. Soon enough heavy metal music started playing and the ‘Joe Jett look alike’-models started strolling, wearing gothic-grunge clothing comprising studs, speckled denim, flashy backpacks, luxurious leather combat boots, loosely worn suspenders, frayed knits, with a hint of neon green and bubble prints I couldn’t get my eyes off.
The final day was spend visiting the Fashion Gallery at FORUM, I had a blast looking through exclusive clothes and brands and talking to upcoming designers such as Sofie Rosenkrands Danielsen who was presenting her wonderful graduation collection or Vibe Johansson who was introducing her latest collection.
If you’re looking to define Scandinavian cool, then Copenhagen fashion week is the perfect place to be proving that the city is not just about clean-lined furniture—it’s got style to spare too. Copenhagen Fashion Week perfectly celebrated a minimalist Nordic design tradition and will undoubtedly continue to follow this road.