Copenhagen Fashion Week is currently the only fashion week in Scandinavia. The autumn-winter 2020 edition saw more designers from the overall region presenting in the Danish capital than ever before, the most impressive debut being Swedish-Eritrean designer Selam Fessahaye’s joyful show.
The events and shows made use of various venues all over the city, ranging from Charlottenborg’s Festsal and Restaurant Höst to industrial spaces and car parks. While Copenhagen set the scene dressed in classic Scandi grey with an occasional splash of blue sky, well-established designers as well as newcomers presented what we will wear in, and beyond, Scandinavia’s next winter.
Here’s the best Scandinavian menswear during this season’s Copenhagen Fashion Week:
Selam Fessahaye’s debut at Copenhagen Fashion Week was a clear highlight in the show calendar. The Swedish-Eritrean designer’s show was poetic, joyful, and refreshingly human. And the clothes? Talk about fun and vibrant. More of this, please!
Copenhagen-based mfpen built on the casual-yet-elegant layering of the last two seasons: shirts, suits, and knitwear in neutral colors were effortlessly combined. The collection is wonderfully timeless and looked great against the backdrop of the fading grandeur of Charlottenborg’s Festsal.
Another Copenhagen local, Henrik Vibskov’s shows are best described as Gesamtkunstwerke and this one was no exception. Drawing inspiration from the bathroom and the private rituals when getting ready for the day, bathtubs were placed on the runway in which models read the newspaper while others were striding by. The collection comprises beautiful jackets and suits; a favorite was the shiny checked coat in different shades of brown.
Norwegian fashion house Holzweiler is keeping us warm while looking chic. Paying tribute to the brand’s origins producing scarves, oversized scarves as well as jackets and coats are in the center of the collection, complemented by casual tailoring.
While Soulland’s debut show last season took place under the open summer sky, this time the Copenhagen-based brand invited us into the dark. The models seemed to come out of nowhere when they entered the light-filled runway in the middle of a parking deck. Soulland keeps its feet in the streetwear scene and presented cosy-casual looks with playful details and some pajama-style pieces. It’s very Copenhagen.
Copenhagen-based Tonsure presented menswear staples in a venue that brought to mind a techno rave or ballroom night. The looks ranged from innocent school boy – dressed in shorts, coat and scarf – to the cool kids in class wearing leather jackets and double denim. The color palette of the collection is mainly neutral with a splash of yellow, green, and a red checked pattern.
Contemporary streetwear brand Wood Wood is dressing us up for Copenhagen winter focusing on jackets, coats, gilets, and knitwear. The natural tones of the collection give it a pinch of elegance. The incredible, intimate performance by When Saints Go Machine was definitely a highlight of the season.