Copenhagen fashion week highlights

by Elise Diamantini

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend Copenhagen Fashion Week Festival sponsored by the Copenhagen Fashion Council. The four-day trip was jam-packed with fashion shows, tradeshows, menswear shop visits and an afternoon of touristy-sightseeing. Keep your eyes out this week for more online coverage, as well as in MR’s April issue.

Click on the links below for slideshows of each designer’s menswear runway shows. All photos courtesy of Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Soulland: Soulland caught our attention back in September 2010 with their handmade in Denmark billed fedoras. The brand was founded in 2002 by head designer Silas Adler. For fall 2011, Adler showed a color palette of beautiful navys, corals, neutrals, blacks and grays at the The Royal Danish Academy of Music Concert Hall. Key pieces included oversized anoraks, tailored blazers and drawstring chinos. Soulland is sold at U.S. retailers like Opening Ceremony, Reed Space and International Playground.

Henrik Vibskov: Henrik Vibskov is known for his outrageous and intricate shows, making it one of the most coveted tickets during Copenhagen Fashion Week. This season was no different; “The Eat” was artfully presented at The Old Madeleines Madteater. During the show, two male models set a communal table while the other models walked the runway, carrying trays for the last look and then sitting down to “eat.” Vibskov is famous for pushing the envelope with art and fashion and is sold in U.S. stores like Aloha Rag, Seven New York and Farfetch.com.

Bruuns Bazaar: Bruuns Bazaar was created by two brothers Teis and Bjorn Bruun in 1994 and has since evolved into an international design company. The show opened with a dramatic 3-D film at Copenhagen’s City Hall and then launched into the catwalk. The menswear collection was inspired by two distinct looks: classic (tailored suits, dress shirts and tweed blazers) and creative (canvas pants and checked wovens) in a range of staple colors (blues, grays and neutrals with pops of deep red accents). Knits played an important role as a way to make the classic suit more casual, enforcing the dressy/casual trend that’s been strong in the contemporary market.

Wood Wood: Wood Wood designers Karl-Oskar and Brian Jensen chose an old Carlsberg brewery for their venue and were inspired by the European Highlands and subcultural reference from the mod scene and ’90s casual anti-fashion. Show highlights included air force jackets, parkas and hoodies in colors like black & white, cinnamon, plum, wine, army green and shades of blue. Fabrics included herringbone printed denims and silks, boiled wools and large, patched fleeces. Wood Wood has two stores in Copenhagen, one in Berlin and sells to U.S. retailers like Needs Supply, Acrimony and Streetammo.com.