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The Best of Copenhagen Fashion Week


Another fashion week has passed in Copenhagen. The focus this time around was the world’s longest catwalk – – a long, multi-brand catwalk running through the center of Copenhagen.
It supported the charity “Chernobyl Children’s Project International,” with Danish supermodel Helena Christensen as a front patroness for the arrangement. 
There are many who had hoped for stronger participation from great Scandinavian and International brands this season at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
But STAERK sticks to NYC, and ACNE leaves Stockholm for London with no pit stop in CPH. Plus, Danish brands Mads Noergaard & Baum und Pferdgarten also didn’t take part in the catwalk scene, though Mads Norgaard did salute the stribes with a three-day pop-up store, and Baum und Pferdgarten chose a Balkan orchestra to play, forcing the surrounding crowd to dance in the streets. 
Even though great events create an innovative perspective of the brands, it was still a bit disappointing to not see hometown brands showcase their S/S 2011 collections at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
Fingers are crossed that these brands will get back on the CPH FW catwalk next season:
Baum und Pferdgarten S/S 2011
Those who did it, and did it well were Peter Jensen, Vilsbøls de Arce, Ivana helsinki & Henrik Vibskov.
Peter Jensen S/S 2011
Inspired by his favorite childhood book, Lisa’s Birthday, the collection embodied a girly/grotesque context with eclectic colors, party hats, amazing accessorized prints and giant bows.

Vilsbol de Arce SS 2011
“Skins” – the vision behind the collection – is a play on skin as a metaphor. It was dominated by natural materials of linen and leather in nude colors, and designed with a tribal African vibe. Shock-dressers Rihanna and Lady Gaga are big fans of the brand.
Ivana Helsinki SS 2011
Going by the provocative title “Where The F*ck Is My Sailor,” the brand heralds a strong Nordic-inspired collection, with a retro twist in trademark prints featuring anchor motifs lifted from old-school sailor tattoo designs and robe details.
Henrik Vibskov SS 2011
The graphics and silhouettes in the collection were translated from the shapes of microorganisms, lifeboats, and mushrooms. There were direct references to military personnel and tribesmen, and outdoor equipment aesthetics were a part of the vocabulary.
Pictures courtesy of Danish Fashion Institute.