What we like: Copenhagen Fashion Week
With New York, London and Paris Fashion Weeks soon approaching it is easy to forget some of the smaller fashion events happening worldwide in the lead up. In the last four days Danish designers proved that you no longer have to be in the ‘fashion capitals’ of the world to create truly incredible and exciting work, with the Copenhagen Fashion Week now in full swing. The event, using a combination of trade fairs and catwalk shows, is becoming increasingly recognised for showcasing the work of emerging and established Scandinavian designers and the designs of the major international houses. The shows finished up in the last couple of days although other events will be running until the end of the weekend, and we were blown away by what the Danish catwalk had to offer. Here we’ve assembled our three favourite designers.
Asger Juel Larsen
The opening show was by Asger Juel Larsen, a Danish-born designer who studied at the London College of Fashion. Usually restricted to menswear Larsen’s SS14 collection combined both male and female models, with what could only be defined as a ‘unisex’ range. Slightly different from his previous seasons, which have included balaclavas and protector vests, Larsen’s show drew influence this year from ‘escaped hospital patients’, which provided perfect inspiration for pieces that we cannot wait to get our hands on. The show was varied from clean-cut white mesh and grey paisley suits to yellow tartan and bronze raincoats, all accompanied by brilliant white low cut wellington boots. The show was hugely creative and inspiring, and we (and the rest of the world) has him pinned as one to watch.
Anne Sofie Madsen
After opening Copenhagen Fashion Week’s SS12 in 2011 to massive international critical reception, Anne Sofie Madsen has had shows in London, Milan and St Petersburg and was recently appointed Junior Designer at the House of Alexander McQueen in London. It is no wonder then that her show was one of the most anticipated of the entire Week, and fans were not disappointed. The entirely black and white collection featured busted leather, clean lines and open backs and was inspired by Japanese Manga. Madsen has been heralded as translating Danish design to an international audience, and this collection further cemented her place as one of the most important emerging designers.
Barbara I Gonghini
Undoubtedly the most established of the three, Barabara I Gonghini graduated from the Denmark Insitute of Design in 1996. Since then she has built a well-regarded brand, highly respected both in local Denmark and internationally. In her classic style the SS14 collection features strong geometric cuts, monochromatic colour schemes, androgynous leather pieces and totally insane headwear. The designer, who has been heralded for her ethical approach to fashion and design and for opening up Danish artwork to the international market has offered the world an incredible start to SS14.