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CPH Fashion Week: Who to know and what to do

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CPH Fashion Week: Who to know and what to do
Photo: Freya McOmish, Scandinavia Standard
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From exclusive runway shows to more accessible free events throughout the city, Copenhagen Fashion Week has something to offer for anyone with a passion for fashion. Scandinavia Standard breaks down the highlights and guides you through the August 3-8 fashion takeover.
Copenhagen Fashion Week, which begins on Sunday and runs through Friday, is a biannual celebration and display of the seasonal collections of fashion brands through runway shows, industry fairs, showrooms and events. Our partners at Scandinavia Standard take you through who to know and what to do during the week.
 
Names to know
Copenhagen Fashion Week (CPHFW) hosts mainly Scandinavian, and specifically Danish, fashion houses. The big name runway shows include By Malene Birger, Designers Remix, Bruuns Bazaar, Han Kjøbenhavn, Henrik Vibskov and Baum und Pferdgarten. These brands are both internationally renowned and extremely popular within Denmark. These shows (and their after parties) are invitation-only.
 
There’s also a contingent of well-known, respected but largely Denmark-based fashion houses that are more Scandinavian and artistic in nature such as Barbara I Gongini, Asger Juel Larsen and David Andersen.
 
Emerging designers like Maikel Tawadros and Nicklas Kunz represent the up-and-coming names in Scandinavian and global design. They’re a bit off the beaten track and entirely worth checking out.
 
Fashion fairs
Fashion fairs are an easy way to see a lot of labels at once, get a sense of the latest season from the bigger names and learn about some new ones while meeting the faces behind the brands.  Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) at Bella Center is the largest of these. Vision and Gallery are known as smaller and less commercial spaces. If you’re looking for an afternoon of perusing racks of-the-moment clothes, the CPHFW fairs are the place for you.
 
Copenhagen Fashion Festival
Most people won’t go to the exclusive runway shows. Or the fairs, for that matter (let’s be real: if you’re not into fashion there is nothing more boring than a fashion industry fair). But CPHFW is a cultural event with many components. The most accessible of these is the Copenhagen Fashion Festival (CPHFF). Stacked with free events throughout the city, there’s a range of ways to celebrate fashion including sales, store-openings and more. For more information on CPHFF, see here or download their app.
 
Whether you’re the editor of a fashion magazine or just a person who wears clothes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during Copenhagen Fashion Week. If nothing else, stop into an open-invite party for a glass of champagne with friends and toast the waning days of summer.
 
Check out Scandinavia Standard throughout the week for behind-the-scenes runway coverage, fashion week essentials and more.
 
Scandinavia Standard is a website and lifestyle brand providing content on design, culture and local business in the Scandinavian capitals for English-speaking residents and travellers, as well as those interested in the Scandinavian aesthetic internationally.
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