copenhagen fashion week – struts & cuts

5 Aug

Day 3 (August 7) – Karen by Simonsen (debut collection!)


When we read this fresh Danish designer’s bio today, we were charmed immeasurably by her tales of a youth spent sleeping in a grotty kitchen after her mother left to join a commune. Of finding inspiration in the darkest places. Of Worshiping mathematical theories (wrap your tape measure around those geometric dresses). It was a refreshing break from the usual fashion fairy tales and reminded us that it’s nice to be human. (By) Karen Simonsen’s first collection, for ss10, is just as multifarious, spanning conservative navy, quirky asymmetry, rock star rags and seeeeeee QUINs. It also pedals over to the Velodrome, affirming the prudence of the bike pant seen at Alexander Wang ( get that magic stepper out of the garage, would you?)


Day 2 (August6) – Designers Remix Collection, Denmark Design School & Bibi Ghost

Designers Remix Collection


What could be better than an al fresco fashion show on the perfect summer Copenhagen day? Bobby pins, that’s what. And perhaps some Prozac. What good is a whimsical peach palette when the models are either eating their bangs or battling PMS? We did look past these technicalities, however, for Charlotte Eskildsen’s ‘treasured Danish vibe’. But what we saw was the entire WGSN trend forecast crammed into a catalogue of 20-odd ensembles. Androgynous tailoring, one shouldered, peach silk, slashed pants, the obligatory leather jacket, and shoulders that jut like hallway shelves (no longer funny, for the record). There was nothing we didn’t like; we died for the fish-scale frock and can’t fault the squeaky-clean classics (hello Denmark). We just expected more difference, less same from our equal-favourite Dane. Let us know what you think – are we being too harsh? (Costs nothing to comment!)
 Denmark Design School cfw_danishdesignschool_show

The Danish Design School show was an epaulet (collective noun) of shoulders. In fact we wondered whether this was the brief. While some flirted with costume, others took a protein shake approach with subtler takes on the scapula.   

Bibi Ghost


Day 1 – Minimarket & Rutzou


Told you peach blazers were for real, whispered one half of Fashion Platz to the other as we settled in for Minimarket’s much-hyped show on Day 1 of Copenhagen Fashion Week. Whisperer has been rabbiting on about flesh suiting since Lew’s appearance in Amsterdam. Whisperee is coming around to the tone that anchors the ss10 collection of the Swedish super label. But the Elvestedt sisters haven’t put all their, um, nectarines, in one basket. They also sent out a series of cropped jackets and frocks with clever twists on the overstated shoulder, in an indisputable palette of navy, black and neutral. A capelet was a welcome addition to the otherwise-structured show and caused Whisperee to spill her Coke Zero on an unsuspecting somebody. Ner, ner, told you capes were for real. 



(To see what we’re up to next, check out our Copenhagen Fashion Week schedule.)


One Response to “copenhagen fashion week – struts & cuts”


  1. stockholm fashion week – let the champagne flow « - August 15, 2009

    […] cake to the power of 1,000,000.  Especially the CCDK showroom, where we got to play with the Karen by Simonsen ss10 collection. Lust! Unforunately we’re not so inspired by the four key themes presented, […]

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