FQ1924 @ CFW f/w 2012-13
FQ1924 @ CFW f/w 2012-13

06 Feb. 2012


Copenhagen Fashion Week F/W2012-13 Gallery
Scandinavia's biggest fashion event, Copenhagen Fashion Week was held from February 1 - 5 to present fall/winter 2012-13 trends.  Amongst others, shows of designers and brands such as Avia of Scandinavia, New Generals, Laura Barül & Stine Riis, Sand, Gaia, Gestuz, FQ1924, Aniv von Borche, Edith & Ella, Munthe plus Simonsen, amazed the visitors during the five days of the CFW. 

After three very cold, but sunny days from February 2 -4, CPH Vision and Terminal-2 closed its f/w 12 doors. CPH Vision had 13.055 visitors which is a 5.4 % increase compared to February 2011. CPH Vision presented a 12 portfolio with more than 200 strong and design-driven brands as well as up-and-coming brands. Terminal-2 had 13.811 visitors and presented 241 brands - an exclusive blend of Scandinavian and international urban and denim-wear. Visitors were mainly from key markets as Sweden, Norway, Germany and United Kingdom.

Exhibitors from CPH Vision and Terminal-2 report, that especially buyers from Sweden and Norway made their way to the fairs this season.  This is also reflected in a 9% increase in Swedish retailers and a 4 % increase in Norwegian buyers. As well as the increase in Nordic retailers, CPH Vision and Terminal-2 both had a noticeable and interesting high increase in visitors from Japan, Greenland, Iceland, Austria and Switzerland. Furthermore exhibitors have reported a positive high attendance of international press, great trade and new business.

Peter Fenger Selchau, CEO of CPH Vision & Terminal-2 states: “In these times we have to maintain a positive perspective. - Yes there is a lower traffic at the fairs compared to the “old days”, but we still experience short term increases. A great share of the international buyers attending the fairs represents high-end stores and chains as well as strong, independent retail stores. So even though the quantity is not at a satisfying level, based on previous experience, the quality of the visitors is high and orders are being signed. We all have to gather up in order to move forward. – A tendency we are realizing August 2012, in the merging of CPH Vision and Terminal-2.”

CPH Vision and Terminal-2 were this season's front runners in the launch of a greener fair with the introduction of QR codes. The fair visitors needed nothing more than their smartphone to enter the fair. This made entrance easy with less paper waste. Furthermore all exhibitors were giving the opportunity to scan visitors of their stand - to make sure important contacts didn’t get lost in translation – this initiative was launched last season.

On CFW day 3, an audience filled with high expectations and a backstage with peeking nerves set the atmosphere for the extraordinary cycle 15 of Nordic talent. The Designer’s Nest Show & Award honoured talented designers from various Scandinavian fashion and design academies.

Louise Sigvardt, 1st place Designer's Nest
Louise Sigvardt, 1st place Designer's Nest

The young talents showed their skills to an audience of great influence, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary, patron of Designers' Nest, sat front row. So did International and Danish press and scouts such as Vogue, Elle, Le Figaro, Not just a label, W Magazine, Sport & Street. The jury making the challenging decision of, who gets edge and wind under wings was a prestigious gathering of Hilary Alexander (Contributor to the Daily Telegraph), Sara Maino (Senior Editor of Vogue Italia & vogue Talents), Peppe Orru (Contributor to Sport & Street Collezioni), Peter Jensen (Designer & Founder of "Peter Jensen") and Tom Steifel-Kristensen (Creative Director of Mindsetters).

All eyes were on the brilliantly innovative creations and at last the winning collection of Louise Sigvardt was named. The jury's words were: "The collection both a strong creative idea, innovative fabrics and at the same time being ready for retail. It makes denim look and feel new with coating and clever cuts. It has great construction as every style is cut in 1 piece. A well thought-out collection with quality workmanship."

Patrik Prusak, 2nd place Designer's Nest
Patrik Prusak, 2nd place Designer's Nest

1st Runner up was Patrik Prusak about his collection the jury said: "This collection is very much in tune with time. It's a unisex collection that can be mixed and matched with other garments and still keep it's identity. It talks about our environment and gives an ironic comment to the world of activism like Occupy."

Not least, 2nd runner up Timo Helin won for "By it's design and by combining military and sportswear this collection is updating tradition in an intelligent way. It is re-using old Scottish wool with new details added and very well made."

Timo Helin, 3rd place Designer's Nest
Timo Helin, 3rd place Designer's Nest

At the CFW press conference on February 3, the Danish Fashion Institute announced that this May, key players from the international fashion industry will gather in Copenhagen to agree on new and ambitious goals for a sustainable fashion industry. The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the result of a unique partnership between United Nations Global Compact and the Nordic Initiative Clean & Ethical (NICE) led by Danish Fashion Institute.
Mona Schmadl

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