COPENHAGEN FASHION WEEK
Spring Summer 2023: Part 2
The Best of the Rest: A Roundup of the
KEY TRENDS at CPHFW SS 2023

For SS 2023’s Cocktail ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ Add Some Sorbet Pastels, a Tot of Shocking Pink, a Pinch of Camouflage, a Dash of Double Denim and Lots of Skin. Mix Together and Voila!

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A striking gold dress with a plunging neckline – at Saks Pott

 

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The city of Copenhagen (coined one of the ‘happiest’ places on earth for very good reason) shone brightly as host of its bi-annual Fashion Week, the jewel in the city’s already fashionable crown. Between August 9th and 12th, 2022, Copenhagen Fashion Week (CPHFW) showcased a spectacular array of designer brands that have come to be seriously influential in deciding what’ll be in our wardrobes a season ahead. These brands are quintessentially Scandinavian in their ethos and identity, the event hugely anticipated and respected the world over for its predictable integrity, unrivalled creativity, down-to-earth practicality and not least of all, incessant fun factor! As for fun factor … let’s not overlook the influential street fashion culture at this event, which has equally made the city unbeatable for style.

On a more serious note, CPHFW is also known for its commitment to the planet. This season CPHFW upped the ante again with an unrivalled pledge to push the boundaries of sustainability, responsibility and traceability within the fashion industry even further. From the horse’s mouth, Cecilie Thorsmark, CEO of Copenhagen Fashion Week, said: “Fashion weeks have a great role to play in pushing the sustainability agenda of the fashion industry forward, since we as a platform inevitably promote what fashion is. That comes with great responsibility toward the public and attendees of fashion weeks.”

Always displaying a social conscience – this time in standing in solidarity with Ukrainian Fashion Week, CPHFW through various smart initiatives focused on uplifting their fellow Fashion Week in times of war. An eternal hub for forward-thinking and innovative ideas, CPHFW also launched their emerging designer support program NEWTALENT, nurturing up-and-coming young talent. What a wonderful seed to plant!

To get you firmly in the mood (and in the front row), here are a few of our favourite shows:

Lattimier:

Gestutz: https://copenhagenfashionweek.com/brand/gestuz

Munthe:

The Garment:

The key looks this season included a good dose of 80s grunge. The quintessential Scandi stripes were to be seen in many places, sometimes very graphic, oftentimes soft and blurry. Camouflage featured heavily, as did tie-dye effects, especially in sport and streetwear offerings. Classic shapes were reinvented in many collections – trench coats, cargo trousers, floaty evening dresses and the likes – to fresh new effect. If one had to single out one garment piece that got royal special treatment this time around, it’s the humble collar. These were oversized, frilled, flaired and rather frou-frou!

Without further ado, let’s get back to the real macoy, the outrageously fabulous collections! We’ve rounded up some of the key trends to give you a taster of what’s been going down in Copenhagen. Sit back and relax, drink in the refreshing new colours and shapes, and get a feel for the new looks of SS 2023!

 

80S GRUNGY STRIPES ARE A THING FOR 2023!

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Knitted and printed stripes – at Aeron

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Grungy dirty pastel stripes – at Aeron

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Bold stripes in this woven poncho-tunic – at Munthe

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Grunge, updated! – at Munthe

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Soft stripes – at Rabens Saloner

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Ruched stripes – at Rabens Saloner

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Khaki stripes – at Soulland

 

CUNNING CAMOUFLAGE AND GRAPHIC ANIMAL PRINTS … WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE!

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An ode to the zebra! At Gestuz

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Khaki camo in this distressed coat – at ISO Poetism

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A camo co-ord – at Munthe

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Tie-dyed camo – at ISO Poetism

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Kaleidoscopic camouflage – at Mworks

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Old-school camouflage paired with Mary Janes – at Wood Wood

 

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW … ERRR AVANT-GARDE!

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Deconstructed school girl glamour and stripes – at Latimmier

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A textured and tie-dyed ensemble – at ISO Poetism

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Punk-inspired -at PLN

 

CLASSICS … BUT REINVENTED.

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A nehryu-collared tunic, jacket and elegant slacks – at Mark Kenley Domino Tan

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A glitzy trench coat – at Saks Pott

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A cropped bolero and shorts worn with sturdy sandals – at Mark Kenley Domino Tan

 

FLAMBOYANT COLLARS RULE SS 2023!

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A collar to be reckoned with! At Rabens Saloner

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A frilly collar decorates this transparent dress – at Rotate

 

COLOUR TRENDS: Sky blue, acid green, pastel pink, lavender, coral, shocking pink and tangerine all have pride of place at SS 2023.

Always at the helm of trendsetting, this season at CPHFW saw various colour trends emerge for Spring Summer 2023. A few key shades dominated most of the collections: dreamy sky blue in all its hues – from fully saturated to totally washed-out, lavender, exotic coral, bright pops of neon green, subtle buttercup yellow and a touch of tangerine. Delicious ice-cream coloured pastels – always a Spring trend, popped up like wild flowers, often juxtaposed by accents of saturated shocking pink, royal purple and turquoise. Denim – nostalgic vintage-inspired double denim, bright or washed-out, made a cameo appearance in many of the collections.

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The palest sky-blue in this body-con dressJade Cropp

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Washed out denim – at Jade Cropper

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Bold turquoise brightens up this ensemble – at Mworks

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Lavender softens this avant-garde ensemble – at Latimmier

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Saturated lavender in this printed shirt – at Samsoe Samsoe

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Top to toe Barbie pink! At Soulland

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Pretty in pink – at Rotate

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Shocking pink lace -at Rotate

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Nostalgic 70s ruching in this shocking pink jumpsuit – at Lovechild 1979

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Where coral and tangerine met – a match made in heaven! At Samsoe Samsoe

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Acid green is a key colour of the season – here at Gestuz

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An acid green knitted 2-piece – at Remain

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Distressed double denim – at Sunflower

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Washed out double denim in this shorts and shirt ensemble – at Mark Kenley Domino Tan

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Treble denim! At Schnaydermans

 

SHAPES: Body-con and strappy dresses, skin-revealing cutouts, transparency, layering and rising hemlines are awaiting you come Spring Summer 2023.

Shapes also evolved a little from the previous season’s trend where hemlines rose … this time skirts were properly cropped, showing plenty skin! The trend for body-conscious fits also continued and most of the collections honoured the trend in showing off every curve to the full, on all body shapes. Furthermore, clothes were full of skin-revealing cutouts, to make the most of the cleavage and flesh-adoring summer trend. Layering – unsurprising really, considering the Nordic climate, is a practical feature built into many of the collections.

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Layering, cutouts and strappy features in this sky blue dress – at Jade Cropper

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It’s all skin! At Jade Cropper

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Pastel fantasy textures and plenty skin – at Helmsted

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A lacy 2-toned dress gets the cutout treatment – at Soulland

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Skin on display – at Remain

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A turquoise body-con dress with strategic cutouts – at Rotate

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A retro-inspired patchwork dress showing midriff cutouts – at Lovechild 1979

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A classic cropped 2-piece reveals plenty skin – at The Garment

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Wear with confidence and attitude! At Wood Wood

 

GOODBYE FROM GORGEOUS COPENHAGEN, UNTIL NEXT TIME!

Cecile Paul

Author at Pynck

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