Space Cowboys, ‘Love’ actress Klara Kristin on the runway and an invasion of London’s best designers – here’s what you missed from SS17
Copenhagen is one of those places that makes you realise how much Northern Europe really has its shit together. University is free, the minimum wage is £15/hr, absurdly good looking, Céline-y women cycle everywhere (in heels) and the streets are so clean and pleasant that it’s almost unnerving. Seriously – if you’re from London, after five days there you can expect to find yourself weirdly nostalgic for overflowing rubbish bins, unruly drunkenness, and general squalor.
Last week, the city played host to its bi-annual fashion week, with designers presenting their SS17 collections in a series of shows that saw hay bales on the runway (Saks Potts), sets painted entirely in sugary pink (By Malene Birger) and one label even presenting inside the city’s outlaw biker-ruled neighbourhood of Christiania (HÆRVÆRK). The streets were also invaded by probably every heartbreakingly-disinterested skater boy/man-child in the world, in town for the Copenhagen Open and the launch of Nike SB’s collection with Soulland, as well as a host of designers representing their brands at tradeshows like CIFF. Basically, if you weren’t hashtagging #cph last week, where even were you? Here are some of the highlights – and check out the gallery above for more of the week’s best.
A misconception about fashion weeks that aren’t in one of the Big Four cities is that the brands who show are going to be tiny labels who don’t have the resources or reputations to present in NY or London. Not so at CPHFW, as evidenced by Ganni – founded in 2000, the brand boasts thirteen stores in Denmark alone, and has just been stocked on Net-a-Porter. The theme for SS17 was Space Cowboy, inspired by the all-American vistas of a drive from LA to Palm Springs undertaken by creative director Ditte Reffstrup. Think fringing, denim, snakeskin boots and a nod to ultimate cinematic tale of deserts and love so emotionally destructive it’ll burn your house down, Paris Texas. The casting was strong, featuring Nadja Bender and Instagram funny girl Tilda Lindstam, and a graphic t-shirt bearing the Space Cowboy slogan was available to buy fresh off the runway.