For this Copenhagen Fashion Week (CFW) report Drapers focused on spring 11 catwalk shows from key Scandinavian womenswear brands such as By Malene Birger, Rützou and Bruuns Bazaar. The event included some breathtaking designs from students in the Danish Design School Graduate show, including Yasamin Zafar Mohtashemi.
In line with the trends seen at the static trade shows during CFW, womenswear designers opted for soft-to-the-touch styles, with silks, satins, organza and high-shine fabrics. Silhouettes were loose as a trend for comfortable styling came to the fore.
Stine Goya looked to pale whites and butter cream shades, while Margit Brandt relied on a similar palette to enhance the fluidity of the folds which her seashell tulip skirts and sheer, loose boyfriend blouses featured.
Brunns Bazaar included dramatic black in its collection, a shade that the Danish market appears to buy in droves. Black silks were spun into knee-length dresses with side ruching. At the casual end of the collection, wide-striped knits in orange and brown were teamed with contemporary digital print, thigh-skimming skirts.
By Malene Birger tuned into a feeling of freedom with safari-inspired close-cut tailoring and slim-cut cargo pants. Peter Jensen worked with a similar gold and chartreuse palette and fabrics also had a patina.
A technical focus underpinned Wood Wood’s collection with wet-look fabrics and 1980s tapered baggy trouser silhouettes. At Rützou, watermark-printed silks and embroidered teardrop neckline trims injected femininity, while Wackerhaus opted for camel suede shirt dresses and paper bag-top trousers.