Scandinavian fashion weeks don’t exist in a vacuum, but it can feel as though the markets – and therefore trends – here are slightly isolated. Sometimes this means the trends from Paris and New York hit a little bit later (or earlier), sometimes it means that Scandinavian designers are mostly drawing inspiration from each other and from past seasons. This was the biggest series of Scandinavian fashion weeks yet, with a set of overlapping trends to match.
Here are the trends we saw on the Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo runways during AW17:
Black & White Prints
Black and white, you Scandi favorite. Though it’s nothing new, a few designers brought something fresh to this old chestnut. The silk dresses and separates from Tove Berggren showed us why she’s one of the most respected print designers in Copenhagen. The black and white gingham print from Baum und Pferdgarten was preppy-meets-skater chic. We fell in love with Cecilie Bahnsen this season; the whole collection was a masterclass in texture and silhouette, but her black dress with small white appliqués was a lovely piece that we’ll be craving for our next cocktail party.
Carrying over from the wash of pastels last season, lavender featured all over the runway, easing us into spring. We loved Mark Tan’s incredible coat, Muf10’s grunge pants and Freya Dalsjø’s shiny silks. But it was L’homme Rouge that brought out the best in the color, with bright men’s casual separates we need in our lives.
Red was in almost every runway collection we saw this season. An antidote to winter’s darkness? A rejection of Scandinavia’s traditional monochrome? Perhaps a little of both, and also an easy way to make a big statement. The red of the season was a bright, poppy red that looks as good as a flash of color as it does for a monochrome outfit. Small pops of red included the red shoes and check pattern at Won Hundred, red piping on jackets and accessories at Whyred and a fabulous red beret from Daily Routine.
More bold choices were seen in Henrik Vibskov‘s bright duvet coat (not to mention the red found in prints throughout his collection) and full red ensembles from Munthe. Some of the best looks of the season played with the color, like Ida Klamborn‘s red sheer and acid wash denim, Valerie‘s separates contrasted brilliantly against orange and black and Veronica B. Vallenes‘s chic-as-hell tailoring.
Metallics were all over the runway this season, usually in softer, flowing fabrics. We assume that this is a way to kick the winter blues? Our favorites included Astrid Andersen‘s gold hats and detailing, Munthe‘s pleated silver skirts and Freya Dalsjo‘s silk separates in rose gold at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
In Stockholm, the metals were a little more, well, metal. Naim Josefi sent digital mermaids down the runway with his pixilated dresses and Lazoschmidl‘s silver disco halters were the gender-blurring, body-skimming cuts we need for the summer. At Oslo Runway, Anne Karine Thorbjønsen‘s sky blue snakeskin material was eye-catching fun.
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