CPH Fashion Week Spring/Summer 13: Denim Highlights

Last week, Copenhagen hosted the Nordic Region’s largest fashion event, Copenhagen Fashion Week. Stylesight’s denim team took to the runway shows and trade fairs to soak up the latest news, trends and denim highlights within the metropolitan harbour city.

Scandinavian favourite, Gallery presented a strong, design-driven portfolio of both young and well-established European denim designers like BLK DenimNUNCEdwin EuropeNeuw as well as international labels like One Teaspoon. New additions, Levi’s Made & Crafted and Evil Twin featured at the show this season, adding a dose of surface interest with their witty prints (see horse heads and ying-yangs) and bold color schemes. For those of you that missed out on Surface to Air’s S/S 12 sellout panelled truckers will be happy to hear that the brand is revisiting the theme for S/S 13 with fresh color palette. Two new young and exciting labels we saw were R/H (Riiheläinen-Hernesniemi) and HAiK who experimented with decorative destruction themes and photo-real prints.

Terminal-2 and CPH Vision merged as one, strong and united platform, Vision, this season in the stunning setting of the red-brick hangars of Lokomotivværkstedet (previously home to Terminal-2). This exciting move brought brands and designers together under one roof, giving exhibitors, buyers and professionals a totally comprehensive experience. This season was all about print, colour and surface texture for both men and women with a rich array of jacquards, pearlescent metallics as well as new takes on floral, animal and native prints. US based labels Black Orchid and Siwy made their first appearance for the scandinavian market, while seasonal favourites like Dr.Denim and Rütme returned with their contemporary takes on classic denim. For the men’s market Danish labels, HUMÖR and Anerkjendt took the main stage with their off-beat samplings of colors, patterns and silhouettes.

On the streets, the local Scandinavian girls took influence from the undone ’90s movement happening across London with stonewashed denim, oversized silhouettes and retro styling. Acne’s considered destruction came through with heavily slashed jackets and pants, while ecru denim appeared to be a popular compliment against laundered looks.

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