COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK Autumn/Winter 2022 Part 1: COLOUR TRENDS
COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK was Spectacularly Awash with Colour: Cobalt Blue, Pillar Box Red, Tangerine, Gentle Lavender, Green in Every Guise and the Unbeatable Combination of Ballet Pink & Sage Green. And Neon and Psychedelic Shades were the new neutrals.
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Some of the best known names in Scandi Fashion presented their latest collections in what has been a week of heavenly fashion offerings across the board. The highly anticipated A/W 2022 proceedings kicked off in the Danish capitol with Zalando Sustainability Award finalist Iso.Poetism by Tobias Birk Nielsen officially opening Copenhagen Fashion Week.
Thereafter three days of fashion with a quintessential Scandinavian flavour followed: from innovative avant-garde creations from the stables of Designer’s Nest to the dependable stalwart classics – chic, elegant, stylish and effortless – delivered by Malene Birger, Day Birger et Mikkelsen, Baum & Pferdgarten and Ganni and extraordinary prints, as ever, by the epic Marimekko.
The collections showcased their favourite seasonal shades and colour trends, included the unbeatable combination of pink & green, classic neutrals, fluorescents/neons (neon was treated as a neutral this season!)and psychedelic shades. All shades of green – from neon and sage to bottle and olive green were spotted in the collections and so was the primary shade of pillar box red, lightning bolt cobalt blue, gentle lavender and the brightest tangerine. All this colour brought high energy to the shows and in line with the Nordic aesthetic the mixing of dark and light worked very well.
But without further ado, feast your eyes on this extraordinary selection of designer offerings and inspiring shades. Rest assured that all participating brands have been super conscious of the ethos of sustainability and responsibility – intrinsic to Copenhagen Fashion Week – throughout the entire design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail process.
1. ZOOMER GREEN MEETS MILLENNIAL PINK
The season’s chicest combination of colours (a huge favourite of Queen Elisabeth II), pink and green, made an appearance in many collections. As a combo it’s a match made in heaven that designers never seem to tire of and as a two-tone never looks dated. Schnaynerman’s evidently thought so too, and paired their marbled grass-green jumper with a shocking pink shirt, Designer’s Nest’s poison green pea coat and frilly pink skirt looks fresh and modern and Baum & Pferdgarten’s vintage-inspired sheath dress and padded olive scarf are pure perfection! Stine Goya opted for grass green and neon shades of green and juxtaposed these with candy pink and lavender – equally yummy.
2. SPECTACULARLY PSYCHEDELIC
Psychedelic shades and eye-wateringly vivid colours made their presence felt at the shows, with many designers either basing their collections on bright colours or using these as accents to perk up neutral ensembles. We love the pieces that have fully embraced this trend, most notably so Stine Goya and Designer’s Nest, Samsøe & Samsøe. Henrik Vibskov and Munthe also created wonderfully colourful ensembles. Viva the Sixties!
3. HIGH-VISIBILITY NEON
Those ‘in-your-face’ brightest of bight shades, the ultimate ‘perk-me-up’ colours, featured in many collections in fabrics that ranged from transparent gauze to shaggy faux fur. Saks Potts, Stine Goya, Designer’s Nest and Martin Asbjørn stood out for us in succeeding to make this rather unusual trend for Autumn/Winter work wonderfully well.
4. THE MIND-WARPING COLOUR RED
The colour of energy, passion and danger … a shade that unashamedly says ‘look at me!’ This season designers have gone to town with this stand-out shade, some creating an all-red ensemble and other opting for an accent or spot of red to offset a neural outfit. Paint the town red and stay cosy in Baum & Pferdgarten’s blood-red belted bubble coat, red poloneck jumper and red tights, or opt for the striped and strappy red (winter) sun dress at Saks Potts. Kerne.milk’s body-hugging knits and Designer’s Nest’s avant-garde creations were among the stand-out red offerings at the shows.
5. GREEN & CO ARE THE NEW BLACK
With all the attention on ‘greenness’ in fashion, how can designers not subliminally be drawn to green as a colour for Autumn/Winter 2022? Green was to be seen in every shade and flavour, from brightest lettuce, leaf and grass green at Samsøe & Samsøe to bottle green at Rabens Saloner, sage at Designer’s Nest and olive and sea-green at Baum & Pferdgarten.
6. TRUE BLUE
From bolts of cobalt lightning at Martin Asbjørn to petrol and midnight blue at newcomer Jade Cropper and turquoise at Munthe, blue was a favourite shade, standing unapologetically and comfortably alone or adding a flash of colour to an outfit, adding that sense of calmness, serenity and tranquility that blue as a colour gives us.
7. SKANDI PRINTS
What would a Scandinavian Fashion Week be without its quintessential prints? Marimekko is synonymous with Danish design and this season the prints are characteristically bold, confident and graphic, reminiscent of the Nineties Marimekko. We love Marimekko’s subtler surface design versions too, in their murky blue shades and squiggly waves that remind us of the ocean. Another designer that beautifully interpreted the printed trend is Munthe.
Look out for PART 2 of our coverage of COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK Autumn/Winter 2022 where we’ll be reporting on all the different CONCEPTUAL TRENDS as spotted!