Emerging as the new high fashion destination of the year, the Copenhagen Fashion Week took place recently to dictate fashion directions for the upcoming season. Deemed as one of the biggest ‘under-the-radar’ week, it is the beacon of Scandinavian Style that ensures a line-up of the newest trends and innovative fashion techniques every year.
Standing tall with a worth of about £ 6.2 billion as per Fashion United Business Intelligence, the Danish fashion industry is still growing in every stratum of fashion, whether luxury or ready-to-wear. Label-of-the-moment, Ganni, set out a series of micro-trends by their show for Spring 2019. Luxury goods giant LVMH bought a controlling stake in the label, deeming it to be counted among the new luxury fashion hubs.
Not just exclusive to the Danish market, the fashion forward brands, Stine Goya, The colourful label for womenswear; Saks Potts, best known for their colourful coats; Copenhagen-based jewelers Sophie Bille Brahe and Maria Black recently got recruited by the high-fashion online retailers such as Net-a-Porter and Mytheresa.
The bigwigs of the Danish fashion industry like HELIOT EMIL, Han Kjøbenhavn and Holzweiler kept the tailored urban ensemble banner alive with lines playing on the horizon where streetwear and tailored casuals meet. Street defines comfort, and that is what the designers and labels of Denmark strive for.
This fashion week glimpsed the easy transition from purely menswear to unisex collections, as a feminine touch was blatantly apparent in the silhouette, material, construction, and colours of the garments.
The global fashion editorial sector is all about the Danes Fashion, despite the higher global scale their Parisian or Milanese or American counterparts may be on. Here is our edit of the trends that were spotted on the Danish ramps from the all whites to a flash of colours and play of prints for Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring 2019.
1. Chunky Outerwear
The Copenhagen runways were all about volume as several designers put forward the voluminous look using outerwear that was chunky. Quilted jackets with a myriad of standout prints slammed over them were the most common of the lot, while long jackets made with heavy fabrics detailed with faux fur were also not far behind.
Not just limited to thick fabrics, several looks played with the silhouettes giving rise to a capacious look decked with smaller details like cinching belts and utility pockets.
2. White Out
If the runways of Copenhagen are to be believed, white is the new black as designers went for head-to-toe attires in white, whether it be a plain white dress, an all-white coordinated set, or a layered ensemble cumulative of the two, the colour of the season is definitely lack of colour- a.k.a. white.
Despite the consistency in the colour, a variety of light and heavyweight fabrics were encased in white: sheers, light cottons, heavy quilted fabrics, fleece, and basic knit outfits. From comfortable basics to glamourous occasion-wear, white was poured over all.
3. Statement Sleeves
Spring 2019 is giving way to a new kind of trend in the statement sleeves department. Exaggerated sleeves stole the attention from the usual flattering details to be adorning sleeves, such as embellished necks and power shoulders.
Either boxy, balloon, or flounced against contrasting figure-hugging upper wear or elongated and asymmetrical sleeves complementing baggy attires, the variation in forms was a common affair, but the trend that emerged as a frontrunner across the board was the oversized sleeve featuring cinched or gathered hems.
4. Layered Cool and Hot
Whether it’s hot or cold, the layering technique has always been a go-to for fashion houses as it has the ability to display the perfect confluence of different pieces but at the same time, keeping their individuality alive.
Layers were the most commonly seen trend in summer outfits as dresses, long and short, baggy or figure accentuating, were paired with inner and outer garment pieces. Several clashing prints and solids were used to highlight the layering game going on in the ensemble.
If this fashion term is not in your dictionary, a new entry has to be logged in, stat. Co-ords, short for coordinated sets, were flaunted by several models on the Copenhagen ramps due to the polished, easy and chic style they outline.
Same prints enveloped over two or three-piece coordinated sets were a common sight during the fashion week. The looks were carefully curated to showcase a formal but ready-to-party attire, or these co-ords were paired with contrasting print inners to create drama. These were presented in either uni-colour or AOPs throughout.
6. Mix and Match Prints
The prints story had a lot to tell this season as patterns and colours going divergent like a canvas of an artist came alive on the ramp.
Shown implementing either layering of different garment pieces, or mixing and matching differently coloured upper and lowers, or simply stitching together different print panels to make one ensemble, the diversity of prints was endless.
Dissimilitude patterns like florals were set against geometrical prints alongside ensembles that showed complementing lines with plaids and stripes. Different-coloured floral motifs were the most recurrent of this trend.
7. Colour Pop
When you say Spring and Copenhagen, say colour too! A whiplash of colours was the go-to for Spring 2019 as flashy warm colours with contrasting counterparts of ice-cold tones were assembled over otherwise straight outfits. Puffer jackets were a hit with overpowering brights and flashy ombre colour stories.
Artful illusionist outfits were presented in poppy metallics and shimmer shades were also a mainstay within collections. The most common colours to have emerged were earthy warm tones of reds, browns and oranges- yellow being the most common of the lot.
8. Gathered and Ruched
A nod to fabric manipulation was the scheme of designers as they played with boxy silhouettes detailed with different fabric manipulation techniques such as gathering, ruching and ruffles.
Fluid dresses were ruched in the center to highlight the feminine figure, whereas the necklines of tops, dresses and outwear alike were lined with big and small ruffles or an amalgamation of the two, to add life to the garment. Draping variations in necks and sleeves were also explored for the upcoming season.