As an addicted to new fashion talents and creatives I often follow alternative fashion weeks, apart the four most famous. The Copenhagen Fashion Week is one of my favorites, rich of innovative brands, with a strong identity, with an eye on sustainability and projected to the future.
Here’s a selection of the best SS20 collections!
Constantly evolving to stay ahead of the fray, Munthe retains at its core a dedication to quality and powerful femininity. Keep an eye out for how the label’s vibrant designs have evolved this season.
Munthe owns three image stores in Denmark and Norway and employs 45 people. The company puts out 4 collections every year and has a fashion show twice a year.
With a nod to its Scandinavian heritage, Samsøe & Samsøe is defined by a wearable aesthetic that combines the utilitarian ease of Copenhagen street style with a quintessentially Scandinavian spirit. Collections transcend trends, drawing on Denmark’s renowned design tradition to result in minimalist, affordable and accessible fashion.
Marrying versatile and contemporary capsule pieces with softly tailored separates and chic signature styles, collections are uncompromisingly Scandinavian: Premium fabrics, functional and playful details, tailored finishes and iconic silhouettes imbue the label’s collections with a subtle, personal and sophisticated approach to dressing
The creative mastermind behind the brand is Leyla Piedayesh. Time and time again she manages to reflect fleeting anarchic big-city chic in fresh new ways with her unconventional yet elegantly feminine collections.
Leyla Piedayesh was born in Tehran in 1970. After studying business administration, she first came into contact with fashion professionally as editor of the “Designerama” television format at MTV Berlin. In 2003 she began exploring her own design talent by making her own knitted accessories. Her celebrated debut collection was launched in 2004 at the fashion tradeshow Premium in Berlin. The concept of a symbiosis of urban cool and elegant chic based on high quality knitwear really took off and lala Berlin was born.
Innovative, creative, progressive, family; all words that describe Norwegian fashion house Holzweiler.
Founded in 2012 by siblings Susanne & Andreas Holzweiler, they immediately got attention with their scarves from silk, lambswool & cashmere qualities.
Maria Skappel Holzweiler joined in 2014 as Head of Design, further strengthening Holzweiler’s attention to detail and quality materials – culminating in the launch of their first Ready-To-Wear clothing line.
Holzweiler has not looked back since, continuously expanding their family of employees,
all eager to exceed previous collections.
Designers Remix was founded by creative director Charlotte Eskildsen and her husband and CEO, Niels Eskildsen. The brand started in 2002 remixing deadstock products following a sustainable philosophy. Charlotte Eskildsen has a sustainable approach to every aspect of the design process, she has a strong belief in using innovative high-quality sustainable materials, which underlines the experimental vibe in the creation of clothes with strong iconic silhouettes for a global audience.
Unique fabrics are hand-designed each season by founder and LVMH Prize finalist Cecilie Bahnsen, a Copenhagen native who returned to her home town to found her eponymous label in 2015 after studying at the Royal College of Art in London and working with couture houses in Paris.
Her aim is to craft effortless clothes that last and that can transform the wearer, with unexpected combinations of softness and structure, minimal and maximal, perfect and imperfect. Each collection builds on the previous one to develop a world of pieces that can be cherished for years, passed between friends, and reinterpreted and restyled to express the individuality of the wearer.
By Malene Birger is a Danish womenswear brand that creates classic silhouettes with playful feminine details; pieces that are both timeless and fashion-forward. By Malene Birger’s collections work in a variety of settings, from the office to an upscale event; from a casual morning coffee to a day out with the family. It’s all about having a wardrobe for a full life, so that being stylish feels easy and fun.
Brøgger is a luxury clothing label based in London, United Kingdom designed by Danish designer Julie Brøgger. The collections play between the feminine and the masculine, varying from sharp tailoring to soft silhouettes, consistently balanced on the edge between formal and day wear. Brøgger celebrates playful and bold fashion with craftsmanship and quality in focus. The spring/summer 2019 show at Copenhagen Fashion Week marked the brand’s runway debut. Brøgger stays committed to producing only in United Kingdom and E.U, as well as sourcing all materials from these regions.
Baum und Pferdgarten was established in Copenhagen in 1999 by Rikke Baumgarten & Helle Hestehave, who had just graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Design, where they had started their creative partnership. At the time, the Danish fashion scene was divided, either you could work for one of the big companies existing at the time or you could start your own business and play with your own voice.
They created the brand name as a humorous interplay between their surnames, and it reflects the dualistic playfulness, which is also echoed in their design.
LITTLE LIFFNERs a Stockholm based accessories brand, quietly building a loyal following since its launch in 2012. It is the go to brand for refined handbags with street smart appeal, offering accessible luxury with a playful twist.
‘I want the Little Liffners to offer stylish and functional companionship to women when they go about their busy lives, confidently moving through diverse worlds and contexts.’ says Paulina Liffner von Sydow, founder of LITTLE LIFFNER.