Copenhagen Fashion Week- from the Runway trends to Scandi Street Style.
Copenhagen Fashion Week as always brings the hottest styles for the next Spring/ Summer season. This is a fashion week like no other and brings life to this already colourful city. The city is full of amazing street styles and great fashion shows lineup. Copenhagen during the CPHFW is more vibrant, colourful and aesthetic. The place to be if you would like to feel the best Scandi vibes, see upcoming and established designers and the coolest street style in Europe.
This year Copenhagen Fashion Week come back with all in-person shows and events. It featured some amazing Scandi brands, like: Baum und Pferdgarten, Ganni, Remain, Rotate, Norwegian’s Holzweiler. The schedule includes also international collections, for example, Christopher Raeburn from London and the Icelandic/British duo at Ranra. There were 35 brands featured during the whole event, new talents, established and part of the Zalando Sustainability Awards.
What really sets this fashion week apart from all other more established ones is the sustainability aspect. One of the main focuses of CPHF is sustainability. One of the most important roles of this event is to inspire the fashion industry to take more steps toward being conscious and green. To care about the planet and also people.
Cecilie Thorsmark, the CEO of Copenhagen Fashion Week said it herself:
Copenhagen Fashion Week is the cultural and commercial meeting place of the Nordic fashion industry. This gives us the responsibility and the potential to create impactful change in the industry at large.
Without further ado please scroll down to see my insights from Copenhagen Fashion Week SS23. Straight from the Sustainable Fashion capital- Copenhagen.
Baum und Pferdgarten – The Copenhagen Fashion Week Must-See Fashion Show.
Baum und Pferdgarten is one of the best-known and most loved fashion houses in Denmark. The brand is present in the fashion market since 1999 and create playful designs and statement pieces ever since. SS23 collection is called The Timeless Woman and was one of my favourites during this CPHFW. I loved how colourful it was, with bright pink, shades of blue, yellow and light brown, white and black colours. There were flowers and leopard prints, BP monograms, oversized garments and ultra-feminine pieces. The collection is a result of over 23 years of experience of the brand and its legacy. BP brings the most eternal and iconic styles and works on them again. They created new, timeless pieces, that can stay with us for years to come. There is also some Parisian style inspiration viable in the collection. Same as the previous line by BP this one has a visible modern Parisian sophistication and elegance. In the form of garments, you can reference to the Eiffel Tower, the ultimate symbol of Paris. SS 23 fashion show took place on the streets of Copenhagen near the brand’s headquarters. They completly closed Vognmagergade street. Painted bright pink stripes as a runway and it looked incredible! The models walked up and down on this pink zebra playing with the concept of time. Last but not least this brand is not compromising on sustainability. Its mission is to be considerate towards both, the planet and people.
Ganni – Joyful and playful.
Every season world is inspired by the Ganni Girls. The ultimate, cool city girls, who are a celebration of women. It’s the women who wear those clothes that bring garments to life. Women ride their bicycles, sit at the cafe, bring their children to school and go on a date. All shapes and sizes. Confident, happy and relaxed, effortless in their style yet elegant. This season’s fashion show was called a ‘Joyride’ and it was honestly joyous from start to end. The show’s venue was Copenhagen’s docklands. In the beginning, models were on bicycles riding on the colourful runway. After that, the Ganni girls started their défilé full of happy energy. We could see all our favourite Ganni pieces on the runway: denim skirts, leopard print and many wardrobe classics. The collection was inspired by Copenhagen’s classic style. However, there were also some new statement pieces like mini-dresses in electric blue ( my favourite) and pink trousers. As usual, there were many collaborations included in this line, for example, once again they worked with Levi’s, but also with 66North and Barbour-branded jackets. Regarding their sustainability and innovation, they have presented T-shirts made with Infinna, made from textile waste.
Munthe – Sustainable Functionality
The MUNTHE SS23 collection was presented at a Sydhavn Recycling Center, which was a perfect canvas for the show. The starting point of the collection was the Suprematism movement and the colour-work of Kazimir Malevich, a Russian avant-garde artist. We could see deep colours like emerald green, cornflower, powder blue, mushroom grey, and pure white added with a drop of vibrant orange and caramel. Prints visible in the garments were inspired by the wildflower Scandinavian fields. They created adoring and edgy styles at the same time. Another dominating print was stripes, especially nautical pinstripes. We could see art inspiration in every look. Later I found out that the brand worked with a British artist Rosa Roberts. She has created a special art print, that is used for a selection of exclusive silk styles.
Naja Munthe, Creative Director and founder of MUNTHE said about her inspiration and art.
“When I design a new collection, I love to erase the line between creating casual, elegant and graceful styles, and timeless, everlasting items. Why can’t they be both? Art has always been an influence, a means of enriching MUNTHE’s design thinking. Using art as a motivation in this way; is all about seeing the interest and the beauty in every detail, and depict it in other creations. The Suprematist paintings of Ukraine-born Kazimir Malevich are one of the main influences in this Spring Summer 23 collection.
Holzweiler during Copenhagen Fashion Week
Holzweiler’s SS 23 collection was a beautiful combination of masculine and feminine styles. There were delicate floral dresses and on another side, there were tailored fits. The unifying theme during the fashion show was the use of tassels. We could see them on the belts, bags and hemlines. They included in the collection details from the parachutes and workwear, at the same time adding a story the to garments. The fashion show venue was also very interesting. There were balloons made out of parachutes floating around space. It was the main inspiration for the collection that was called “In Motion.”
Roege Hove – The sexiest collection during CPHF
Designer Amalie Røge Hove is becoming more and more known thanks to the conceptual way she’s redefining knitwear. Her collection was part of Copenhagen Fashion Week’s new talent scheme. Her collection was mesmerizing and celebrated a beautiful female form. She has presented a series of delicate, sheer and sculptural pieces. They can be worn on top of other clothes, layered together or alone for a more feminine look. I could imagine those pieces added on a white shirt, bodysuits or worn with denim.
Lovechild 1979 – Beautiful Classics
Lovechild 1979 is known for its classic pieces for modern women. For Copenhagen Fashion Week they have presented a capsule collection with timeless pieces. We can find in the like breathable tailoring pieces, for summer in the office. For example shirt dresses and linen suits. There are also beautiful long dresses, my favourite in a deep pink colour, that are draping the body and adding new form.
Zalando partner shows during Copenhagen Fashion Week
During this Fashion week, I managed to see 2 shows powered by Zalando and their Zalando Sustainability Awards Ceremony. The winner of this prestigious award was RANRA. They presented a genderless collection focused on longevity. They work with new techniques when it comes to textiles and dyes. In the end, their collection is colourful and noticeable.
Another show I have seen was a Parisian brand MWorks. They are a laboratory brand that combines clothing and art projects, using sustainable solutions and innovations. They care deeply about environmental and social responsibilities. Its mission is to be the least harmful to the environment and its people by using responsibly-sourced natural fibers (cotton and wool) or recycled/upcycled synthetic fibers. This way they are limiting its carbon footprint with European production, whilst respecting ethical practices and preserving craftsmanship.
Latimmier – Debut during the Fashion Week
For me, Copenhagen Fashion Week started with this fashion show. Latimmier was part of a debut during CPHFW and a New Talent Show ( part of fashion week and Circulose® that aims to support emerging Nordic talents). Finnish designer Ervin Latimer, made a splash last season at Pitti Uomo where he showed his performative presentation. His SS Collection is named Juvenile Expectations. Challenging the younger generation of designers to correct the past. In his work, he investigates masculinities through sustainable and conscious fashion. He doesn’t focus on gender but on the masculinity of garments. There is a legacy of the ballroom designs and historically masculine silhouettes with a contemporary approach.
Summary: Streetstyle and Most Fashionable Hotel in Town
To completely feel the vibes of the CPHFW I stayed at the iconic Villa Copenhagen Hotel, which is the place to stay during fashion week. Alreeady when I parked the car I could see influencers and models outside the hotel dressed like from the Vogue Streetstyle section. On the corridors, in the lobby, I could see all many famous bloggers and journalists from notable press titles. The real fashion show was at the breakfast buffet. It was the place to be dressed up for the fashion show. For me it was heaven, however, my 4 years old son was constantly asking me questions regarding the fashion choices of some people. He will get there it was only his 2nd fashion week experience (after Milan Fashion Week).
I must say that even my dog Matisse had a lot of attention at the hotel and was named by many as a great accessory. I loved it. Villa was also within walking distance from most of the fashion shows venue and if shows were a bit further we could take the bicycles and travel like real Ganni Girls.
Regarding the famous Danish Streetstyle I could see it absolutely everywhere, not only among CPHFW attendees. On the street, women are dressed simple, and super-stylish yet effortless. Scandi girls value modesty and understatement. Their clothes need to be functional and easy to wear. Great for bicycle rides, picnics in the park or office look. For me Copenhagen seems to be most interesting during Fashion weeks, it’s not about the label, but more about the whole ensemble. Stylish yet effortless. I hope you liked my insights from the Copenhagen Fashion Week. Please let me know which collection was the most appealing to you. Was it Ganni Girl or timeless woman from Baum und Pferdgarten? Or something else. I am curious about your opinion.
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As always with love
Bella Zofia xx
Your Fashion, Beauty and Travel Blogger from Geneva