Key takeaways from Copenhagen Fashion Week

Samsøe & Samsøe / Rains / Malaikaraiss

Sustainability continues to be at the forefront of Copenhagen Fashion Week, with the organisation encouraging the fashion industry to take steps towards more conscious practices and designing more environmentally responsible products. As part of the WGSN Partnership with CPHFW, announced back in July, our Footwear & Accessories Editor, Lucila Saldana, calls out seven not-to-miss trends from the shows and how to achieve them more sustainably.

Key designer: Nikolaj Storm Copenhagen

The designer’s strong sustainability ambition and low-impact products made with a circular mindset, alongside an inclusive approach to genderless and diversion, stood out in the second edition of the Zalando Sustainability Award.

Nikolaj Storm

Key trend: business casual

As consumers seek to strike the balance between comfort and formality, our Business Casual trend responds to the need for returning to the office and seeking smarter fits. Prioritise pieces that respond to the need for transseasonal and long-lasting items.

Mother of Pearl / Malaikaraiss / Samsøe & Samsøe

Key colour: silver

Silver is the metallic to watch for S/S 22, tapping into a party and occasion mood. Explore textural surface techniques such as fringing and ruching as a sustainable alternative to sequins.

Malaikaraiss / Rabens Saloner

Key item: knitted set

With comfort now a non-negotiable, the knitted set came to the fore, taking an elegant and considered look. Explore woven-look knit stitches and latticework effects using bast fibres such as hemp, linen and ramie for a more sustainable approach.

DAY Birger et Mikkelsen / Holzweiler

Key print: watercolour

Evolve tie-dye prints via soft, washed-out techniques. Opt for natural pigments in smudged or sponged applications, and prioritise small-scale artisanal dyeing applications on certified fabrics.

Brøgger / Rodebjer / Rabens Saloner

Key material and detail: statement crochet

Tapping into the crafted story, crochet, macramé and openwork techniques appeared en masse. Focus on natural fibres or use this as an opportunity to repurpose excess stock from previous seasons, mixing colours and textures.


Key footwear and accessory: clogs

Two-mile wear moulded clogs exploded during the pandemic and designers continue to reflect this in catwalks shows. Update moulded constructions with lower-impact materials, including lightweight algae, recycled plastics or natural rubber.

Marimekko / Remain / Rains

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