Fashion folk came, they saw, and Copenhagen Fashion Week conquered the return to IRL shows at the city’s hybrid event. The Danish Fashion Institute, under the direction of Cecilie Thorsmark, has prioritized sustainability during the week-long shows. Besides sourcing their materials with care, many designers went back to nature-literally, staging outdoor shows in inventive locations all over the city. These included an old balloon hangar (Henrik Vibskov), the artificial ski slope known as CopenHill (Ganni), and Arne Jacobsen’s former home (Saks Potts), among others. With the threat of the Delta variant ever present and mask-wearing not mandated in Denmark, fresh-air shows felt less worrisome than indoor ones.
Of course location doesn’t count for much if the clothes don’t deliver. Suiting was a major component of Scandi-chic pre-pandemic, and it was amazing to see how quickly designers returned to tailoring. Knit pant sets offer an alternative to sweats, and elements from active sportswear, particularly nylon track pants, are making their way into an everyday wardrobe. Rainwear was a big theme for spring, as it was at the couture, and with changing weather patterns there’s no doubting its utility. Smaller trend stories included black-and-white stripes; brights; quilted shorts; and easy, silken pajama dressing intended for the streets, rather than the sheets. Below, trends from Copenhagen Fashion Week worth getting out of bed (and sweats) for.