We’re happy to welcome any member to Copenhagen’s fashion retail landscape: Paul Smith. The British designer has been the undisputed king of stripes since launching his namesake brand in the late 1970s, making him a treasured name in luxury casualwear around the world. Sharpening his focus on Scandinavia and its booming retail market, Smith opened a branch in Copenhagen Airport back in 2017 – and now, less than 12 months later, he’s taking on the cobbled streets of Copenhagen’s Inner City. The 103 meters squared shop will be located on Christian IX’s Gade 2, tucked in between several fashionable neighbors – and will reportedly take its interior inspiration from Paul’s admiration for the Danish artist Poul Gernes. At night, the shop will be brought to life with a series of animated projections and a vibrant light installation – and at day, you’ll be able to snatch up your favorite Smith apparel and home goods from the retail universe. Opening August 9th.
You saw it here first! The Kardashian-Jenner clan is back as the face of Calvin Klein Underwear and Jeans, delivered to you directly from Thousand Oaks, California by Belgian master photographer Willy Vanderperre. Shot in March 2018, in Kardashian histiography that means post-Stormy, pre-True – and if you don’t have any clue what we’re talking about, then don’t even bother. It takes perseverence to KUWTK! Full campaign after the jump.
It’s not just American politics that feels surreal, otherwordly, eerie: so does its fashion. Like a Salvador Dalí painting, Calvin Klein’s new Fall 18 campaign takes us to the strange landscape of Utah, inhabited by long-limbed top models dressed in home-knitted balaclavas. The fever dream of a PTSD fashion assistant? No, you’re looking at the vision of Raf Simons and Willy Vanderperre, the dynamic West-European duo that have been shaking things up with their new interpretation of the American heritage brand.
There are certain things we always make sure to stock up on when we travel to the US – melatonin capsules, for example (for those anxiety-inducing bright Nordic nights), Marlboro Lights in their original Carrie Bradshaw packaging, and a couple of actually ripe avocados. Our habitual peruse through the wonders of American consumerism usually also involves Glossier in some shape or size.
High street shoppers, rejoice! Copenhagen will soon welcome a new member to its family of accessible fashion, one that constitutes a personal favorite here at DANSK. Originating in Japan, Uniqlo is the unrivaled master of casualwear, as exemplified in their wide range of tees, shirts, and chinos that make us look like we just walked out of the Shibuya shopping district. But beyond Eastern normcore minimalism (a go-to look for most of the art world), the Japanese retailer is also known for its HEATTECH apparel, featuring specially-knitted breathable fabrics ideal for any winter spent in the Northern hemisphere. To top it off, Uniqlo’s design team has shown a strategic eye for much-wanted collaborations: the king of utilitarian luxury Christophe Lemaire designs lauded biannual collections, just as London’s golden boy JW Anderson recently released his second collaboration with the store. All at very agreeable prices. As for Copenhagen, you’ll have to wait til Spring 2019, where an ambitious, 3-floor flagship is set to be unveiled bang in the center of the city, by Vimmelskaftet. Until then, we suggest you browse their UK webstore to take note exactly which ankle socks, wife beaters, and windbreakers you’ll be sporting this coming season.
Belgian visual artist Pierre Debusschere is no stranger to the fashion world. Having worked for several high-profile clients that include Raf Simons, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Nowness, Numéro, AnOther Magazine and two music videos for Beyoncé, the director, photographer and curator continues to make an international name for himself by letting his imagination run wild through the use of photography, video and technology. Debusschere launched his career at Dazed & Confused in 2008, and shortly after, he was invited to work with Nicola Formichetti on ground-breaking digital content for Vogue Hommes Japan and Dior Homme. This summer, the cross-disciplinary visionary has teamed up with hyped sunwear brand KOMONO, the brainchild of fellow Belgian designers Anton Janssens and Raf Maes.
Danish fashion history is one still being written, as testified by the emerging generation of designers who are trying to break free from the shackles of Scandi simplicity. But no fashion history should be written without ample attention for fashion’s surrounding image-apparatus: photography occupies a very central role in the industry, also in the North. Regional fashion publishing has historically served as the mediator and link between consumers and international fashion houses, while the pages of the magazine constitutes the most important platform for fashion photographers to show their densest creative visions. Now, a new exhibition at Øksnehallen traces the history of Danish fashion photography for the first time ever.
In the middle of Europe’s current heatwave, it seems that we’re always looking for an excuse to take a plunge into the nearest body of water: be it a beach, your aunt’s swimming pool, or just a really big glass of chilled Chardonnay, we’re there, ready to take our clothes off. But the recent lookbook of Wanbing Huang gives us the chills equally: for her AW18 collection Soil Rebelle, the Chinese newcomer has released a stunning visual piece of storytelling in collaboration with photographer Leslie Zhang and styling by Audrey Hu.
In artist Joan Jonas’ work Double Lunar Rabbits (2010), currently on view at Tate Modern as part of her retrospective show, Jonas’ explores the image of the rabbit on the moon. In a two-channel video displayed on curved screens, a narrative built around Japanese and Aztec folklore unfolds: A God, living on Earth in the image of a man, is on a journey and eventually gets hungry and tired. With no food or water around, he is close to death when a rabbit grassing nearby offers to sacrifice itself to save his life. Touched by the rabbit’s selflessness, the God saves it and draws its image onto the moon. He tells it: “You may be just a rabbit, but everyone will remember you; there is your image in light, for all people and for all times.”
With long, thin ears and six straight whiskers; sometimes polka dotted or harlequin patterned; sometimes resembling a fish or a cat, a pear or a berry; sometimes up-side-down or sticking out from a smiling red mouth; if there is one rabbit the fashion world will always remember, it’s Peter Jensen‘s. Fun and iconic, the bunny is unarguably much more than a logo, claiming a near-mythical presence in and around the universe of the Danish-born, London-based designer.
All can acknowledge that clothes speak volumes. They tell you about the past, they comment on the now, they anticipate the future. A good fashion designer send clothes down the runway that say something. Nicolas Ghesquière’s clothes do that. Except, his clothes also catch you off guard. If they could speak, they’d say: “Nicolas is smarter than the rest of you!” or “You weren’t expecting that, were you?” For his cruise 2019 collection, he staged a show at the Fondation Maeght in the south of France, a museum with a remarkable collection of major 20th century artists. The show participated in shutting down rumours about his imminent ousting from Louis Vuitton, which the brand had addressed in a press release confirming his contract renewal.