The fashion industry is changing these years, and is doing so fast. In the midst of it, new Danish menswear brand Sunflower is slowly evolving itself to offer a concrete counterexample to an industry driven by newness, hype, and conspicuous consumption. The brand recently premiered its refreshing take on menswear wardrobe during the Copenhagen Fashion Week, so we sat down with the brand’s CEO, Ulrik Pedersen (previously at NN07) about resisting a fast fashion culture, prioritizing quality over quantity, and the future of the project.
Since Thursday night where Ganni wrapped up three days of fashion shows at Copenhagen Fashion Week, the brand has become subject to international attention. This time not due to general “Ganni Girl” hype, but because the AW19 show “Life on Earth” was called out as “tone-deaf” after a rather problematic set design. Before and during the show, held in a HDR film studio, photos from “Earth” were displayed on enormous screens around the runway, with “Earth” meaning mostly pictures from the Global South. The reportage work by photojournalist Amy Vitale was, we later learned from creative director Ditte Reffstrup’s apology, meant to “portray the diversity and connectivity we share on this planet.” Unfortunately, using images of children and women from countries that suffer from western fashion fetish as exotic background to a Scandi show was a huge disconnect.
25-year-old Najd Altaher is the rising star of Kuwait. With photography and illustrations that exposes social politics and taboos, the young visual artist has toured in both the East and the West and won the prestigious Crossway Foundation award not only once, but twice. DANSK talked with the ambitious Altaher about the future of her career, the ground for her interests and her believes in her own work.
On the third day of Copenhagen Fashion Week, Swedish Stand Studio showcased their AW19 collection under the roof of Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen’s third oldest church. The spacious room and the high white ceilings formed the perfect frame for a fashion show. However, it was in this sanctuary setting we came to realize that we’ve lost our lust for block colour faux fur stolas and leather—snake skin—teddy fabric combinations mix and match.
Carin Rodebjer, Creative Director and founder of Swedish brand Rodebjer, has often stated that strong, conscious and driven women is her main source of inspiration. Previous collections has often referred directly or indirectly to the women that Rodebjer admires, and the AW19 collection, showcased at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art during Copenhagen Fashion Week, was no exception.
Copenhagen Fashion Week AW19 offers the heavyweights of Nordics design, but a handful of new brands particularly stood out. Sille Ugelvig reports.
The rising British fashion designer opens her first exhibition project at London’s Serpentine Galleries, rendering it a collaborative platform to connect with artistic peers from the African diaspora. Spirituality, magic, pain, and beauty: Johanna Wiklund reviews Grace Wales Bonner‘s “A Time for New Dreams”.