Copenhagen Fashion Week: The Round Up
As the fantastic four of Milan, Paris, NYC and London prepare for their seasonal contributions to fashion’s latest collections, a small city in the Scandinavian district of Europe is growing quickly; Copenhagen Fashion Week, a soon-to-be must on the fashion calendar. Here are our favourite shows from Copenhagen Fashion Week, to help keep you informed.
Taking place just days after Denmark’s full-face veil ban came into effect, Danish designer Reza Etamadi used his runway collection for MUF10 to make a political statement. Amina Adan opened the show - being Denmark’s first headscarf wearing model - and was accompanied by a giant LED screen showing Danish policemen playing with a refugee child; a glimpse of what was to come. Streetwear, which the brand is so well known for, followed in bulk; think oversized trenchcoats, tracksuits and tees covered in the MUF10 logo. Each look was styled with socks and loafers with a colour palette of earthy, warm beiges, olives, greys and blacks. Closing the show, and what left us all talking; the clear protest to the latest ban on burkas. Etamadi commented after the show, “'I have a duty to support all women's freedom of speech and freedom of thought. In Iran, where I was born, women fight to freely choose what to wear. In Denmark, where I grew up... women were free to choose how dressed or covered they wanted to dress.”
Charlotte Eskildsen, head designer at Designers Remix, has an incredible obsession with sustainability. 60% of her SS19 collection was produced sustainably with the vision of 100% of all her clothes being sustainable by 2020. So, what did this mean visually? Models came dressed in pure silk, certified viscose, recycled cotton and even recycled plastic bottles. There was lots of white, pleats and laced dresses, as well as some chunky cardigan pieces too. A highly ethereal collection leaving us positively enthused over the aesthetic of her hopeful 100% sustainable vision.
Carin Rodebjer, the creative director of her namesake brand, produced a utterly feministic collection taking modern twists on the 60s and 70s working girls. Using inspiration from ‘Swedish Sin’, a period in the Swedish film scene, Rodebjer entwined women-like pinstripes and subtle flower prints with flowy silhouettes that left the front row in awe. The presentation was split into five different rooms; the garden had an almost party feel to it, with cocktails, loud music and dancing models. A standout design was Model Maria Palm, dressed in an off-white shirt dress in a woven material with Native American references. Whipping dresses were the main attraction in the kitchen, whilst model Christine Sofie came in a frilled orange wrap dress on the rooftop. For accessories, think canvas boots with Western-inspired heels and flat sandals with Rodebjer’s signature buckle.