Hej fra from Denmark, friends! Copenhagen Fashion Week has just closed another season and it seems like every single one feels newsworthy here. It could be because it’s a younger fashion week compared to the rest, so we are witnessing it continuing to evolve and find its place, or perhaps it’s the emerging talent that continues to pop up and be championed. There’s always something to look forward to, even if you don’t know what it is yet.
This season, a fresh crop of designers presented their work at CPHFW. At the same time, tried-and-true Scandinavian fashion week veterans found the balance between strong commercial pieces while simultaneously pushing fashion forward. Amongst the fresh crop of designers was P.L.N., founded in 2020 by Peter Lundvald Nielsen. The Spring/Summer 2023 collection was a statement in detail-oriented solid craftsmanship and aesthetics. With fantastic casting and a bold vision, P.L.N. will be a designer we’re keeping our eyes on. Then there was Soulland, whose collection debuted a collaboration with everyone’s favorite character, Hello Kitty. Wood Wood‘s Escape To Paradise show marked their return back to the Copenhagen Fashion Week calendar and did not disappoint with a sharp focus on classic active pieces. And Saks Potts debuted their biggest show yet in Copenhagen’s Kongens Nytorv, a large public square.
As Copenhagen Fashion Week continues to expand and build its reach globally, its sustainability initiative, which requires all designers on the calendar to meet production requirements, provides a strong foundation for designers hoping to participate. This season saw Copenhagen Fashion Week expand into partnerships with TikTok and Ukrainian Fashion Week, where Ukrainian designers T.G. Botanical and COAT showcased their Spring/Summer collections.
Copenhagen Fashion Week continues to serve as an inspiring resource for how to continue to build a community and set the foundation for ethical and sustainable fashion consumption. It’s apparent in the trends at fashion week as well, where quality and longevity are the priority. Ahead are five trends from this season’s Copenhagen Fashion Week shows that will withstand the test of time:
Haven’t we seen enough gray? While it may seem like fashion is moving toward the louder, the better, designers like Sophia Roe at The Garment and Skall Studio are asking us to pause swapping our classic gray trousers for hot pink ones. It’s about styling them right with a casual white tank top. Instead of the little black dress, consider a little gray dress instead.