Rounding up our favorite shows from Copenhagen Fashion Week, we take a closer look at the new collection of Norwegian brand Holzweiler.The Holzweiler S/S ‘18 show was about to start as our beers started to get warmer. The brand, founded by the siblings duo; Susanne and Andreas Holzeweiler, marked their success by launching their pristine scarf collection in 2012. But there was more to the new collection that caught our eyes: Gracing the runway to entertain us was Henrik Holm posing for a selfie or two with eager fans sporting the latest runway looks. Holm is one of the supporting casts of SKAM, the latest TV craze that took the fashion world by storm, including Copenhagen. His attendance at Holzweiler was rather fitting: Holm represents Norway’s rise in the region’s popular culture while Holzweiler’s increasing influence in the industry has brought Oslo to rival both Stockholm and Copenhagen as the alternative fashion capital – Double Trouble!
Reporting live from Copenhagen Fashion Week, find here a stream of reviews from DANSK’s favorite Danish fashion talents. First, rising star Cecilie Bahnsen, DANSK Design Talent alum, who in just a few seasons have garnered international attention and stockist.
The story about Carcel is both incredible and wild and raises a bunch of questions. As the ultimate outlier of Copenhagen’s fashion scene, all of the new Danish fashion brand’s products are manufactured by imprisoned women in some of the world’s poorest countries. The business is built on dogmas that ensure a responsible, sustainable production, with local, natural materials and 100% transparency of their supply and production chains. The two founders and CEO’s Veronica D’Souza and Louise Van Hauen have spent the last year designing and defining their style and developing their business model. Unexpected support has been given from the Danish island of Lolland and from a visionary Peruvian by the name of Julius Caesar, and Carcel is finally ready to launch during this week’s Copenhagen Fashion Week. We met up with D’Souza and Van Hauen in Carcel’s studio in Nørrebro to learn more.
From a doll-faced Rihanna slowly sinking into asphalt, to Selena Gomez’ suburban porn vid; the music videos of summer of 2017 has proven surprisingly stylish. Since the birth of the modern music video, it has been a favored medium of top stylists, synthesizing fashion editorial, cinema, and red carpet all in one. While you cling to the last dog-days of summer, have a stream (and a look) at some of our most memorable visual-musical moments of the past months.
Supporting the Sexual Minorities of Chechnya with Amnesty International, Won Hundred and SCOOP Models
Earlier this summer, people across the world watched in horror as reports from the Russian state of Chechnya revealed the aggressive persecution of sexual minorities, including the capture, torture, and even murder of homosexual men. While stories of gay “concentration camps” reached the Western media thanks to the courage of independent Russian media channels like Novaya Gazeta, petitions were launched to call for an international response to the violent injustice, and as sign-ups reached 500,000 globally, German chancellor Angela Merkel directly addressed the issue directly to Vladimir Putin. While the truth and extent of the story is still to unfold, urgent support is needed to provide care and safety for the thousands of sexual minority individuals still at risk in the region, which counts a population of over a million. This is why Amnesty International has teamed up with Danish fashion brand Won Hundred and Copenhagen’s most prominent model agency Scoop Models to launch a t-shirt aimed to raise awareness of the crisis, while all revenue goes directly to support the persecuted men of Chechnya. Under the label “LOVE IS NOT A CRIME”, the unisex t-shirt line rejects gender categories, and is presented on some of SCOOP’s best-known faces, including Julier Bugge, Vincent Beier, and Amanda Nørgaard, in moments of pan-sexual tenderness.
Since 1995, womenswear brand MUNTHE has been pushing Danish fashion towards chicer and more joyous pastures, characterized and loved amongst their fans for pushing a loose formalism and cherishing a romantic eclecticism. The label, which was co-founded by Naja Munthe, who still oversees the creative direction from the company’s Copenhagen HQ, departs from conceptual design to explore instead various aspects of the contemporary woman’s wardrobe – be it a color, a texture, or a sensibility – that resonate in from mature to the youngest customers.
“Nude” is one of those nebulous fashion terms, a “color” in its own right supposed to correspond to the “color” of a person’s skin. Not surprisingly, most things nude, from nude underwear to nude lipstick, tend to base its shade on Caucasian skin, blatantly ignoring the ethnic and racial diversity of our globe. “Nude is the fashion colour du jour,” wrote The Guardian in 2010 – “But it’s only nude if you’re white, not if you’re black.”
This year’s Paris Couture Week featured a very special presentation – an ethereal exercise in Gothic detailing, leather tailoring, and organza draping. Hyun Mi Nielsen, the ambitious contemporary fashion brand founded by Danish designer Christine Nielsen, received the great(est) honor of being invited by the French Fashion Federation to show amongst the most conceptually and technically daring, and she rose skillfully to the occasion, stunning international press on the way. Cutting her teeth at renowned fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Givenchy as head womenswear designer, Nielsen is more than equipped to take the world. What’s next? DANSK sits down with Christine to learn more.