IT may have been -17C degrees in Denmark, but the designers at Copenhagen Fashion Week just keep getting hotter. Here are our picks of this year's best (from what we could gather behind the twenty-five layers we had to wear to prevent ourselves getting frostbite):
Who? One half of Day Birger at Mikkelsen, which began in 1997, and sole owner of By Malene Birger, a second company that she began in 2003. Birger is our favourite of the growing-by-the-second list of Danish designers, and if you don't know who she is, you may as well be wearing a Kappa tracksuit.
Why we love her: For capturing the very essence of that feminine, but edgy cool Danish women perform so well, and allowing us Brits to purchase it.
You’d never guess… that she designed a stamp for The Royal Danish Mail, which features a sketch of one of her dresses.
CFW highlight? Aside from an array of sequin embellished jackets and some amazing '60s cocoon jumpers, AW12’s bondage choker is a massive win. That necklace could toughen up even the most ladylike of outfits.
Who? Scandinavian designer and Central St. Martin’s graduate with twenty collections under his wing.
Why we love him: He’s currently the only Scandinavian designer on the official schedule for the Paris Men’s Fashion Week.
You’d never guess… In between creating new collections and designing, Henrik Vibskov tours as the drummer for electronic artist, Trentemøller who played Coachella last year. He's also never seen devoid of hat nor cigarette.
CFW highlight? His and hers white boots with black fringing and some impressive gradient knit tights and hats.
Who? Born and raised in Denmark, Madsen studied at the Royal Academy of Arts School of Design. After working at esteemed fashion houses such as Galliano, Dior and McQueen, she launched her eponymous label debut at CFW SS12.
Why we love her: Her aesthetic departs from traditional Danish design. Airy materials meet sombre, avant-garde applications and her couture roots become wearable.
You’d never guess… After only one runway, American Vogue remarked, “An impressive runway debut for a designer whose work experiences chez Galliano and McQueen have clearly paid dividends.”
CFW highlight? Everything. Literally. This girl is going to be HUGE.
SANNE SEHESTED NIELSEN AND LENE BOESEN
Who? The founders of Gestuz. Their aim was, in Nielsen’s words, to “create a brand which will make its mark on quality and price”, combining the commercial with the creative and offering fair prices.
Why we love them: The designer makes it their mission to let the consumer discover their own personal style by ensuring their company is not catering to just one personality. The brand is inspired by backstage rock and roll lifestyle, but with a hint of sweetness. Think rough leather patches, washed denim and studs.
You’d never guess... The Gestuz line is a completely collaborative effort. It is designed and run by the founders, but has also featured a number of additional designers, including Tilde Bjerregaard, a graduate of the prestigious Danmarks Designskole, and graphic artist-cum-womenswear designer, Signe Elisabeth Vedel.
CFW highlight: A to-die-for contrast sleeve trench.
SOREN AND LENE SAND
Who? The creators of luxury Danish brand, SAND.
Why we love them: SAND is known for their fashion shows and their collections are based on Scandinavian silhouettes mixed with southern European charm. The thought behind the collection is based on the fine balance between the neo-classic and the twisted and quirky.
You’d never guess… The creators of Sand first met in high school, where their strong interests in fashion brought them together. They then married and opened their first fashion store in Randers, Demark during the ‘80s.
CFW highlight: The colour scheme. Bright red matched with gold and black for maximum impact..
Who? Danish designer who founded Wackerhaus in 2003.
Why we love her: For her clean, cohesive silhouettes and just right combination of masculine edge and feminine elegance. Not to mention a nonchalance that's hard to beat.
You’d never guess… She's eco-friendly.
CFW highlight: A thick, quilted '60s style dress in a tough shade of khaki grey.
Who? Gaia Brandt launched the label GAIA in 2009 after she studied Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central Saint Martins. She also trained as a tailor.
Why we love her: For her unique marriage of knits with vintage garments and one-off pieces.
You’d never guess… Brandt claims inspiration from Dadaism – a twentieth century avant-garde art movement that equally praised the destruction of the old and the innovation of the new.
CFW highlight: Shiny shoes, quiffs and boxy dresses.
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