7 Must-See Collections From Copenhagen Fashion Week

Further proof that one should never underestimate the fashion power of the Danish capital.
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Newsflash: There’s so much more to see outside of New York/Paris/Milan Fashion Weeks. In recent years, the “fashion world” has started to pay attention to what’s going down the runways at the more intimate, painfully (in a good way!) hip Fashion Weeks, like Sydney, Tbilisi, and Seoul.

Well, we’ve just returned from the often sublime Copenhagen Fashion Week, and we can confirm that this off-the-beaten-path Fashion Week should be on your fashion-y radar. (We can also confirm that the psychotic sea of street style photographers nearly killed us, but that’s another story.)

Scroll on below to see the best bold and/or beautiful moments of Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019, and thank us later.



Designers going the easy, breezy, beautiful route is often the case from the Scandi scene. Look no further than this season’s official opening show from newcomer Blanche, a denim and ready-to-wear label with a focus on sustainability.

The collection was made of wearable denim dreams, such as denim bucket hats and denim fanny packs paired with overdressed-at-the-picnic-ready spring/summery looks. A color-blocked jumpsuit with ruffles paired with a denim fanny pack was a standout from the Acne Studios-ish collection.

The emerging brand stayed true to their promise of embracing all women. The proof was in the head-turning, much-appreciated casting: There was a pregnant model, a hijab-wearing model, a mature model with silver locks, and Danish top model, Nadja Bender, who opened the sunny show.



Cecilie Bahnsen is also on the reserved, soft and sweet side (but with some subtle spice), and it’s been working out quite nicely for her: She’s really big in Copenhagen (and Japan), she was an LVMH Prize Finalist in 2017, and she’s sometimes even referred to as Copenhagen’s Simone Rocha, which makes sense. (In other words, feminine numbers mixed with some casual-cool, tomboy-ish moments.)

Bahnsen stuck mostly with her signature pouf-sleeves-and-puffy-skirts, TheVirgin Suicides-y aesthetic this season, including her super popular full-skirted baby-doll dresses. She worked with a mostly-white palette with some green and yellow floral and faded baby blue in the collection.

The hands-down standout look was a much Instagrammed backless gown that sort of resembled a sizeable but chic duvet cover. But the pretty aesthetic, like those immaculate hair buns worn by the models, was served with a surprising side of pretty-ugly: pearl Suicoke sandals. We were so here for it.



There’s nothing subtle or soft about HELIOT EMIL’s visceral creations, founded by Danish brothers Julius and Victor Juul in 2017. Impressively, the Copenhagen-based cool kid brand is already sold in 20 countries, including keeper-of-all-cool-kid-things VFILES and Opening Ceremony. Oh, and Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Future, and Offset are just a few of the big names who’ve rocked these larger-than-life designs.

HELIOT EMIL was obviously one of the most anticipated shows of the season, and the brothers once again delivered. Titled “Referential Transparency,” models stormed the runway to a Matrix-y sinister soundtrack, many in Matrix-y looks, some in semi-transparent fabrics.  Womenswear was added this season, with a high-kicking highlight being the thigh-high (on one leg) heels. The gloomy and futuristic collection was all about reimagining sportswear and military wear, with a heavy emphasis on abstract asymmetry.

Severely asymmetrical bombers, tracksuits, and windbreakers were accented by hardware like metal zip-ties, buckles, parachute-like harnesses. Even the hair styling was on bold-brand, with the women’s locks styled in an armor-like, almost fencing-mask-y manner.



Говоря о коллекциях, вдохновленных фильмами, не слишком спорадически преувеличенное вдохновение для дизайнеров по-прежнему остается непонятным . Мы полагали, что наш ответ на это будет «UGH AS IF», но однолетний лейбл Résumé сделал это так. И неапологически прямо в вашем лице - розовые конверты приглашения были напечатаны «Что угодно» и «Как если», в конце концов.

Все - от пластиковых стульев для газонов для гостей до места проведения, которое было гаражом для яхт, наполненным розовым подиумом, было диким, прекрасным и удобным для носки, особенно для тех, кто склонен к 90-м годам. Номинированный на 2017 год ELLE Style Awards, коллекция бренда была взрывом трипсинга цветных комбо (громкие сирени, вишневые красные, электрические желтые, о, мой!), С большим количеством больших брюк, куртки и колоколообразных юбок. Полковских точек было много, но это было переосмысление Резумея знакового желтого плед Шер Горовица, которое больше всего тянуло наше ностальгическое сердце за девяносто. Особая благодарность за подарок! (И в сумке для подарков мы имеем в виду очень 90-х годов, прозрачную сумку с виниловой талией с одним из знаковых красочных пушистых ручек Шера внутри.)



You might’ve already heard about athleisure brand Muf10’s Copenhagen Fashion Week show, as it’s been making international headlines. The Iranian-born Danish designer Reza Etamadi of MUF10 staged a protest against the controversial burqa ban on the runway in response to a burqa-banning law by the Danish government, which was passed just a few days before the show.

The show featured models wearing burqas and niqabs as well as Arabic slogan oversized sweatshirts. As for the collection, models also wore a slew of MUF10 logo-covered tracksuits, t-shirts, trenches and oversized sweatshirts in earthy colors, with a sock X loafer combo. At the end of the show, burqa and niqab-wearing models were handed flowers and hugged by models dressed in policemen garb.



The week’s hottest ticket belonged to the seasoned J.Lindeberg. Since appointing Jens Werner as Creative Director, who previously worked at Raf Simons, Y-3, Rick Owens, and more, the stylish sportswear line’s continuously gotten, for lack of a better word, cooler. Like, really, really cool. The street-style-slaying cool kids waiting to get into the jam-packed show made this apparent.

‘Twas a clearly skate-inspired collection. See also: skateboard-carrying models and some chunky “ugly sneakers.” Wackily wonderful oversized suit jackets and raincoats were paired with dressy cropped shorts; Severely baggy trousers were paired with graphic tees and bulky skiing jackets. There were also lots of interesting knits, like a dude wearing a form-fitting, bright orange sleeveless turtleneck, and a few cameos of chest pack and Ikea-esque shopping bags.

It was all very Lower-East-Side-skatepark-meets-a-NYFW-gala. In other words, it was everything.



Things really went wild at the Saks Potts show, but if you’re already a fan, you know that this was to be expected. As of late, the cool girl label has gone global, thanks to their celeb following which includes Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Lady Gaga and, gasp, Beyoncé.

This season, the OTP brand went aptly OTP with their Winter Olympics and figure skating-inspired show, which was held for 1,200 people at Østerbro Stadium. Kicking off the show was a dance troupe who performed to guests who were seated on the floor and in bleachers.

As for the collection? There were shimmery catsuits with cutouts fit for an ice skating princess and/or pop princess. Also, zany puffer jackets in cuckoo prints and bright, bleeding colors. Then there was that floor-length white mink. Oh, and a tiny splash of something actually S/S-friendly: bathing suits.

It was a look-at-me kind of sensational show, and, by looking to the guests wildly waving those “SP” logo flags, it was a winner. They’ve already won Brand of the Year at ELLE’s Style Awards in 2018, by the way. Because Saks Potts is in a (lunatic but luxe!) league of their own.

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