Copenhagen Fashion Week: four trends for FW21

In Copenhagen, more than thirty fashion labels presented their new collections during the digital edition of Copenhagen Fashion Week FW21 from 3 to 5 February. In addition to the fall / winter 2021 presentations, there were talk shows, the H&M Studio fashion show, and the new sustainability competition from online retailer Zalando. Swedish fashion house House of Dagmar won the prize of the first edition. Sustainability was the keyword at Copenhagen Fashion Week, which published its first sustainability report. Fashion Week is all about the freshest style and trends, so FashionUnited has listed the best.

Lacquer leather

If you think that patent leather only belongs in the nightlife of Berlin, instead of on the catwalk, Copenhagen Fashion Week proves the opposite. Whether animal or not, glossy or matte, with print or plain. Leather dominated the runway, appearing in almost every runway show in all shapes, colors and cuts. For example as a three-piece suit at Gestuz and Arttu Åfeldt, or a dress with short sleeves at Ganni and Nynne. For the men, leather was used in the form of statement pants at Samsøe Samsøe. In short, leather is a must for FW21. And preferably vegan of course.

Photos: Ganni, Samsøe Samsøe, Gestuz, Nynne (from left to right via Copenhagen Fashion Week)

The spark of hope

Glitter shone on the catwalk, providing a bright spot in these dark times. Whether sequins were incorporated into the fabrics as an eye-catcher, or carefully applied in the form of tiny beads and stones, each garment sparkled, sparkled and glittered in the light, adding a little bit of positivity at this difficult time.

The designers put together outfits that couldn’t be more different: the Danish label Rotate has opted for a glittery purple dress with a high-cut slit and wide sleeves that epitomizes the disco years. Alumnus Kristian David of the “Swedish School of Textiles” showed a dress with glittering decorations. He presented his collection as a finalist in the Designers’ Nest design competition, for fashion graduates from the countries of the High North. David’s Middle Eastern roots were the inspiration for the looks.

Copenhagen Fashion Week: four trends for FW21

Photos: Rotate, Malaikaraiss, Elina Äärelä, Kristian David (left to right via Copenhagen Fashion Week)

The modern spencer

The spencer has been worn over the years by professors and intellectual types and is now being fashionably redesigned for FW21. While one of the most common patterns on a spencer is argyle diamonds or classic checks, this season designers have taken a new path by creating a more atypical pattern.

Ganni, Henrik Vibskov, and Baum und Pferdgarten opt for eye-catching garments with vibrant colors and all-over prints with fun motifs. Lovechild 1979 creates a belted look to emphasize the body shape and add a touch of sophistication to the outfit. If prints are perhaps just a bit too much, Samsøe Samsøe offers a more straightforward mustard yellow model. In any case, spencers are making a lot of noise on the catwalk and social media this season, and the trend is already being picked up by many influencers.

Copenhagen Fashion Week: four trends for FW21

Photos: Ganni, Henrik Vibskov, Lovechild 1979, Baum und Pferdgarten (left to right via Copenhagen Fashion Week).

The quilted transformation

The quilted jacket or down jacket is already indispensable for many in their wardrobe, and now it is making its comeback in new and exciting ways. Birgitte Raben gave the quilted jacket detachable sleeves for her Rabens Saloner brand and also uses the material for accessories such as mittens and hoods.

The Copenhagen label Remain combines imitation leather with a padded jacket down to the knees, and in this way mixes a hint of vinyl with a dark shade. The jacket radiates one cool-girl vibe off and combined with a belt. This tightens the waist and fits the overall picture of the look.

Idallina Friman goes one step further. The Designers’ Nest finalist comes with a kind of couture of outerwear, a marriage of windbreakers and puff sleeves, in which the down material looks like the bottom of a wedding dress. Outdoor clothing is also not unknown to Rains. The brand’s autumn / winter 2021 collection features down jackets in all lengths. Everything of cropped waistcoats to long coats adorn the catwalk.

Copenhagen Fashion Week: four trends for FW21

Photos: Rabens Saloner, Remains, Idallina Friman (left to right via Copenhagen Fashion Week)

Homepage image: Rubens Saloner FW21 via Copenhagen Fashion Week

This article previously appeared on FashionUnited.DE. Translation and editing from English into Dutch by Veerle Versteeg.

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