If there’s one thing that sets Copenhagen’s style scene apart from its counterparts, it’s the city’s fearlessly playful experimentation with color and shape. Whether a slime-green puffer or a bold, monochromatic power suit, the Danish aren’t afraid to not take their style too seriously—an underrated quality. They’ve also been the catalyst of street style trends, from the resurgence of thong sandals to mixing crazy patterns to dressing like your BFF.
From Cecilie Bahnsen’s prairie dresses to Lala Berlin’s floppy hats, here are the labels worth paying attention to from Copenhagen Fashion Week.
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Stine Goya designs the sort of caftan-esque frocks suited for casual, wine-filled dinner parties on the patio of your Southern California home. Goya, a former model and fashion editor, has a strong eye for color and pattern that create pieces both architectural and bubbly. Her collection for Copenhagen Fashion Week was also her first sustainable capsule line. From the crepe de chine cocktail dress (using recycled sequins!) to the houndstooth silk suit, her items are made for dancing.
Cecilie Bahnsen, a Copenhagen-based label launched in 2014, creates sculptural pieces that have an almost childlike essence. They’re the sort of gentle prairie dresses you can find in old Laura Ashley catalogues, with puffy sleeves and quilt-like detailing. The Victorian period-piece feel can be, in part, traced back to Bahnsen’s love of nightgowns.
She said in an interview, “I like that it’s not feminine or masculine. It’s a shirt but it has ruffles and it has details.” Bahnsen, an LVMH Prize finalist, captures with ease the minimalist femininity that speaks to our collective aesthetic right now.
Carcel, Spanish for “prison,” isn’t just a sleek one-word name. The clothes are, in fact, made by female prisoners around the world who are able to gain new skills and earn a fair wage to help support their families. At this Fashion Week, founders Veronica D’Souza and Louise van Hauen released their second collection, 100% silk pieces made by prisoners in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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Lala Berlin has mastered the modern-day power suit. Loosely tailored and sometimes even paired with cowboy boots, the Berlin label takes office essentials and makes them slightly off-kilter. Their show at the Royal Danish Theatre offered leather trousers, sequin suits, and an array of floppy hats.
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Continuing the current trend of puffer coats as gowns, Danish label Ganni gave us some great puffy gowns in ’70s color palettes that look especially delicious in these single-digit temperatures. Creative director Ditte Reffstrup gives us a collection less nostalgic than Spring 2019’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hiking boots with floral dresses. Fall 2019 feels a little more grown-up but no less fun.