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Up and Comers: Copenhagen Fashion Week’s exciting new designers

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Designer's Nest Copenhagen Fashion Week

One of the most exciting things about Copenhagen Fashion Week is the support it provides for promising new designers. Each year, there are shows dedicated to graduates from leading Scandinavian fashion colleges, emerging designers, and up-and-coming labels. The eclectic mix of talent demonstrates why CPHFW is the perfect stepping stone for designers poised to make their mark on fashion. If you thought newness meant uncertainty, think again.

DesignersNest

Designer's Nest Copenhagen Fashion Week

The DesignersNest Award is presented to a fashion student who shows particular skill and promise. Organised under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Mary, the show is a springboard for some of the most notable emerging talent. Expect everything from adventures in textures, to silhouettes that seriously challenge the norm. AW17 brought elaborate ruffled dresses and 3D flower tops, draping, ruching and volume in a swathe of sweetshop shades and metallics.

Designer's Nest Copenhagen Fashion Week

Design School Kolding

Design School Kolding Copenhagen Fashion Week

This Danish design schools graduates are known for their forward thinking work the school follows an ethos of designers together with users finding sustainable and inclusive solutions in a playful manner. The fashion graduates that emerge from Kolding tend towards the cutting edge and have a fearless approach when it comes to switching up perceptions of fashion and form. If innovation in style is what you seek then the graduates of the Design School Kolding rarely disappoint.

Design School Kolding Copenhagen Fashion Week

Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design

Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design Copenhagen Fashion Week

Scandinavias only private fashion school has had a long-standing place in Copenhagen Fashion Weeks schedule, providing the perfect platform for its students. Last years show saw abstract cuttings of different fabrics merged together in the form of asymmetric dresses and flared trousers, plus a tiny, mini prom dress. Part abstract, part ABBA and all exceptionally aesthetically exciting.

Scandinavian Academy of Fashion Design Copenhagen Fashion Week

CFW Talent Scene

Heliot Emil

Heliot Emil 

And then theres the CFW talent scene, which highlights some of the events most exciting new designers ahead of start of CPHFW in earnest. This year Heliot Emil is one of the featured labels, a Danish brand created by brothers Julius Juul and Victor Juul, who titled the label in honour of their great-grandfather. Their unisex collections are designed to be thought-provoking, embracing challenging topics and global concerns as inspiration  the SS18 collection is inspired by post-combat trauma, with the distressed materials and subtle references to uniform making for a visually powerful collection.

Heliot Emil

Heliot Emil

Designers Maiken Bille and Svanhvit Móra Sigurdardottir bring their brand Mai Svanhvit to CFW talent scene this year. Launched in 2006, the brand has a sustainable ideology, with the two designers using cutting methods specifically designed to minimise the amount of wasted material. Mai Svanhvit loves a sleek and traditional aesthetic - for SS17 it was minimal, relaxed trouser suits, and asymmetric hemmed dresses.

Mai Svanhvit

Mai Svanhvit

Mai Svanhvit

By Elizabeth Kennedy

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