COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK – DAY 1 & 2 – Spring/Summer 2022
At Day 1 and 2 of COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK Spring has Sprung! We saw a Sprinkling of Quintessential Scandi Prints Mixed with Copious Quantities of Fresh Pastels to Herald in the New Season.
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There were no surprises when it came the quality of the first two days’ offerings at Copenhagen Fashion Week. In true Scandi style designers presented forward-thinking statement pieces in a mixture of natural and understated design – some in light, neutral colours and others mimicking the muted Nordic landscapes. Some collections were minimalistic and other veered towards the avant-garde, the principles of functionality and practicality, however, always at the forefront of the design ethos.
High quality fabrics and stylish accessories have always been part and parcel of Scandinavian design, and at Copenhagen SS 2022 this was clearly visible in the presentations across the board. Sleek and elegant, casual and stylish at the same time, the stalwarts of Scandinavian design pulled out all the stops. The likes of Malene Birger and Baum and Pferdgarten yet again showed why they’re considered two of the most highly respected designer brands in the world today for effortless, chic simplicity.
As a complete contrast the more established brands rubbed shoulders with the new kids on the block, the likes of the famous Royal Danish Academy, whose graduates wowed with their avant-garde creations. Another highly creative brand worth mentioning is the wonderful Han Kjøbenhavn with its unconventional storytelling through the medium of fashion.
Unsurprisingly Sportswear featured in many of the collections. Highly respected brand Rains presented an aesthetically pleasing, super practical (and sexy!) collection of leotards, shorts, padded jackets and other outdoorsy essentials. Similarly 7 Day Active offered a stunning set of pieces that makes one want to head for the Danish hills (or at the very least your local gym!). Even Baum & Pferdgarten paid tribute to sportswear in their collection, with a couple of stripy shell suit tops.
Scandinavian design wouldn’t be complete without its quintessential prints. Leading design fashion house Baum & Pferdgarten wowed with their playful, unexpected and memorable prints in bold colours. So did award-winning brand Helmstedt, with a collection in the cheeriest of colours, that read like a set of collectible art pieces. Another brand worth mentioning for their extraordinary prints is Brøgger. Soft and feminine, their floral prints and floaty dresses truly heralded in Spring 2022.
Spring collections are always home to an abundance of pastels, and Copenhagen SS 2022 didn’t disappoint on the pastel front. Lovechild 1979’s buttercup yellow palette was truly edible! (Not to mention their cherry-printed, pussy-bow, voluminous sleeve tunic – pure perfection!) Baum & Pferdgarten also laid on a fabulous pastel feast for the eyes, notably their sky blue coat and button-down dress, lavender prints and lemon yellow dresses. Brøgger’s tie-dyed-Grecian-style tops, dresses and one-shoulder tunics offered a refreshing take on the Spring pastel theme. Helmstedt’s exquisite colour palette showcasing the cheeriest of pastels was eye candy of the first order! Slightly retro in flavour, this was undoubtedly one of our favourite collections.
Sleeves took centre-stage in many designers’ collections. Sleeves came in puff, leg of mutton, gathered and many other guises. In some collections sleeves were notably absent, making a fashion statement of equal proportions! Collections of note that celebrated the sleeve include Mother Of Pearl, whose camel and black dresses showcased flattering shoulder-gathered sleeves as key design features. Brøgger also created a stir with their take on the humble sleeve: puff and leg of mutton sleeves were sported on their pastel tunics as well as their stripy dresses, to great aesthetic effect. Spectacularly futuristic sleeves were seen at The Danish Academy.
Spring safari ensembles made their debut in many collections, often in the shape of 3-D pockets, belts and other typical safari paraphernalia. Rodebjer’s beige belted safari jacket was a key piece in their collection, and who could possibly not want to go on a safari (even an urban one) after seeing Mother Of Pearl’s effortlessly classic camel safari ensemble? A more avant-garde take on the classic were the offerings of the graduate students at The Danish Academy, with their tartan safari jackets – fabulously unconventional.
And what would Copenhagen Fashion Week be without its knits? Most notably knitwear came from the stables of The Royal Danish Academy, in the form of quirky jacquard emblems, patchwork and crocheted knits.
Day 1 and 2 of Copenhagen SS 2022 delivered an abundance of gems. We’re looking forward in huge anticipation as to what, in terms of shapes, colours, textures and other delicious surprises, the rest of Fashion Week will bring.