Copenhagen Fashion Week: Designers to Watch
While the “Big Four” fashion weeks still reign supreme, Copenhagen Fashion Week has become the epicenter of chic Scandi trends. Get to know our top picks for designers to watch this FW20 season.
It may only be January, but fashion month is firmly on the horizon, kicked off by none other than Copenhagen Fashion Week. While the “Big Four” cities of New York, London, Milan and Paris are still seen by most as the biggest draw on the fashion calendar, smaller hubs like the Danish capital are fast-becoming the epicenter of emerging trends.
Ahead of the FW20 season, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting names on the schedule. From celebrated Danish labels like Cecilie Bahnsen and GANNI to design talent from Norway and Sweden, these are the five designers to keep on your radar for the season ahead. Scroll below for our top picks from the schedule and in related news, here’s everything you need to know about Jacquemus’ FW20 show.
Since Ditte and Nicolaj Reffstrup took over the reins at GANNI a decade ago, the husband and wife duo have reinvented the Danish label. The antidote to typically minimalist Scandinavian style, GANNI places a focus on playful prints and vibrant colors. It also manages to combine sophisticated cuts with practicality, which is probably why it’s become the go-to label for cool-girl set. It’s also built its own devoted fan-following of women who exude effortless style, endearingly known as GANNI girls. While last season the brand opted for an outdoor show where homegrown singer MØ performed in the rain, the FW20 is slated to take place in the city’s largest indoor skatepark.
Danish designer Cecilie Bahnsen has become almost synonymous with ultra-feminine dresses – a signature style she’s built into her brand over the past five years since its inception. Her unique fusion of romanticized ruffles and exaggerated silhouettes with scandi minimalism – particularly when it comes to the color palette – is what keeps this former LVMH Prize-finalist from being seen as just a purveyor of pretty dresses. Now one of the most highly-anticipated shows on the Copenhagen Fashion Week schedule, Bahnsen has been slowly and meticulously developing her repertoire. For SS20, she debuted her own take on tailoring, of course featuring sheer layering and dreamy organza alongside a more structured triple-woven jacquard fabric. There’s no doubt that this designer’s FW20 show will be one of Copenhagen’s most talked-about.
Family-run Norwegian brand Holzweiler grew from a fashion agency to a fully-fledged fashion label in 2012 and now has a seasonal offering of menswear, womenswear and accessories. It prides itself on using high-quality fabrics and artistic prints to produce ready-to-wear collections that are both on-trend and functional – ensuring you’re prepared to take on the temperamental Scandinavian elements in style. Additionally, Holzweiler has a reliable range of casualwear. emblazoned with its simple hanger logo, which is loved by celebrities like Gigi Hadid. Naturally, outerwear is something this Oslo-based brand does impeccably, so keep an eye out for its coats, jackets and trademark scarves this FW20 season.
Founded in 2018 by Danish retailer Birger Christensen, in partnership with Jeanette Madsen and Thora Valdimars, ROTATE has rapidly won the hearts of glamorous women across the globe. ROTATE is the antithesis to the pared-back aesthetic that’s come to define Scandinavian fashion over the years. Known for its adventurous and playful occasion-wear, with styles including jacquard minidresses with gigot sleeves and fully-sequined bardot dresses to backless, printed maxi dresses, ROTATE is for women who want to have fun – and look incredible whilst doing so. Since Fall/Winter is peak party season, you can count on ROTATE to define the holiday dressing trends we’ll see for the FW20 season.
Launched by designer Nellie Kamras in 2014, STAND STUDIO’s calling card is cool, contemporary leather garments available at accessible price points. Formerly part of the Fashion Week Stockholm schedule, where the brand showcased its collections on home turf, STAND STUDIO has been a brand to watch at Copenhagen Fashion Week for two seasons and counting. The core of the label’s offering is built around outerwear, with eye-catching coats in cocoon-like, oversized silhouettes, printed leather jackets and tonal coats with vibrant faux fur trims forming some of the key looks of season’s past. In recent collections, STAND STUDIO has turned its hand to dresses, skirts, shirts and pants that form the ultimate, modern-day Scandi-inspired wardrobe.