Another season of Copenhagen fashion week has graced the city with an impressive schedule of shows once again. The breezy metropolitan has built a reputation for itself based on its charm, youth, and ease. For the Spring/Summer 2024 season, both green and seasoned designers alike showed up for a program of unforgettable runways. Each show stretches the limits further than the one before which has left the week feeling creative and fresh. Here are some of the most memorable runway moments from Copenhagen Fashion Week SS24.
Everyone is welcome to come home for Stine Goya’s SS24 show “Homecoming”. Founded in 2006, the brand is all about adding a pop of color to the typically lackluster palette of Scandinavian fashion. For this special show, the Danish designer invited everyone over to her house for a runway on the street where the rain had miraculously held up just in time for the first model to walk out. Exploring the concept of ‘home’ and how it can transcend beyond physical spaces, the scene was decorated with a community dinner table set with place settings provided by the actual residents of the street.
This was an homage to Copenhagen's street parties where people could come together and find solace in good company.
This sustainably made collection uses recycled materials and apple leather to create bold colors and playful textures. The incredible cast of models were adorned in metallic pinks and floral patterns reminiscent of flowers that Goye would find at her local flower shop. The collection felt empowering and bold however approachable and wearable. It was the type of collection that would make you want to pull the model aside and kindly ask her to switch outfits with you so you could take it home. It brought out the best parts of Scandinavian fashion while giving it a splash of fun. This collection truly felt like it was in the DNA of Goya and made everyone feel very at home.
Creative director and founder of her namesake brand Brigitte Herskind returns for another beloved off schedule Copenhagen Fashion Week Show for the SS24 collection. Regardless of having an official spot on the roster, Herskind continues attracting a local and international audience to have a taste of her minimal yet impressionable designs. This season being no different, the stage is set at the Apollo Bar where guests were invited into the cool and casual atmosphere of the local coffee shop to enjoy the show. Seats were filled with a dedicated community of people who continue to show their love for Herskind season after season. Fittingly, many were dressed in the same looks as were cast on the runway. The audience need not take their coffee to-go as models strutted throughout the bar, past the espresso machines and into the courtyard. The looks maintained a neutral color palette with strong tailoring, loose silhouettes, and tastes of fringe and mesh. Keeping cohesion with the simplicity of it all, several looks featured a single strap bra across the chest in black or white, pairing nicely with the sophisticated blazers and jackets. The collection is technically minimalist however is unafraid to play with textures and shapes. Leather statement pieces were true standouts amidst the subdued tones of gray, off white, and croissant. Hints of baby yellow and peony lent a subtle charisma and femininity that complimented the stronger pieces. It’s clear that immense attention to quality and detail was paid fusing together traditional craftsmanship with innovative design. Despite being an off schedule show, Herskind remains a well supported brand and continues to grow as a trailblazer in Copenhagen fashion.
Baum und Pferdgarten
“A Postcard from Copenhagen'' signed off by the Baum und Pferdgartden’s SS24 collection. Founding creative directors Rikke Baumgarten and Helle Hestehavé have been running this leading Danish fashion house since 1999 and aim to create clothes in support of women and personal expression. Honing in on their mastery of bold colors and eccentric patterns, this collection is no different. The garments were fresh and fun with silhouettes that felt masculine yet sexy. Wider shapes were met with feminine touches, giving very ‘cool girl’ vibes and empowerment to the hyper feminine A collection like this provides a sense of pride in girls “being like other girls” sequins, hot pink and all. The designs felt overtly woman in all the best ways. The cast was refreshingly diverse with models walking the floor in summery looks reminiscent of a Copenhagen summertime. Subtle details such as mermaid-like embroidery and graffiti-like motifs were a nod to monuments of Copenhagen charm such as the notorious Little Mermaid statue and street art culture.
Founder and creative director Naja Munthe has been creating luxury ready-to-wear in Copenhagen since 1994. For this season, she emulates the mood and feel of pacing through an art gallery filled with the works of female artists. For this collection, Munthe collaborates with artists Heather J. Chontos and Aline Gaiad who are a part of Munthe’s digital art gallery Art Monday which aims to give a platform to female artists. The runway is splattered with murals created by the artists, lending to the serenity and concentration of a museum. The collection sees a fresh array of bold staple pieces. Sequins, patchwork denim, and intricate patterns are laced throughout giving a fun twist on traditional styles. Beautiful floral embroidery is a highlight on the already fresh garments emulating youth and poise. One could fill their wardrobe with a collection like this and never run out of ideas.
Stephanie Gunfalach and Awa Malina Stelter offer Parisian elegance combined with Copenhagen sportiness at Opera Sport. Using recycled and organic fabrics, their work is made-to-order furthering sustainability initiatives. For SS24, they brought the show to the beautiful Østre Anlæg park. The natural (and rainy) setting was the perfect background for their SS24 collection featuring earthy color palettes, geometric patterns and billowy silhouettes suitable for the warm weather months. This line was all about transitions: floating from spring to summer and styling for both day to night. There was an overall streetwear vibe with elegance and sex appeal sprinkled in. The amazing casting is a street/agency mix making the show feel authentic and unique. Several of the looks were upcycled from earlier collections and the shoes, in collaboration with The Garment Project, were made from vegan leather. In the hustle and bustle of any metropolitan city, taking a breath of fresh air was a welcomed experience and this collection offered the same sense of serenity.