Copenhagen is looking back on a successful fashion and trade show week, introducing everyone’s spring/summer 2016 collections to the Danish capital. Both visitors and exhibitors benefitted from the trade shows’ streamlined schedule (both CIFF and Revolver took place from Wednesday, August 5, till Friday, August 7) and venues, forming the ground for two prosperous – albeit competitive- shows.

CIFF's newly designed Urban Area
CIFF's newly designed Urban Area

CIFF triumphantly continued its efforts to set up a fair where big commercial brands can co-exist next to smaller names from fashion-forward independents to up-and-coming newcomers by a strict curation/segmentation of the different halls and divisions. In terms of contemporary sportswear, especially the Urban, Lab and Raven areas were of special interest. The re-designed Urban area benefitted from a more clearly arranged booth set-up and hosted a considerable amount of not only apparel but also footwear brands together with CIFF Shoes. Lab showcased the most interesting selection of young labels to watch while the menswear-specific CIFF Raven rendered space even for artsy fashion installations in its Projects sub-area.

Revolver's central exhibition ground at Øksnehallen
Revolver's central exhibition ground at Øksnehallen
Revolver did a good job in concentrating all of its activities in the so-called “Revolver Village” in the Meatpacking district with Øksnehallen being the most central part and home to all the well-loved Scandi names from Stine Goya to 2nd Day (with a totally revamped collection, exhaling a super cool ‘60s vibe), from Minimarket to Soulland plus the corresponding international names from the denim and streetwear segment such as Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Lee, Universal Works or WeSC. Revolver Showroom held some further Danish favorites including Dr Denim, Samsoe & Samsoe and Wonhundred. Centrally located between the different halls, the Revolver Square invited to hang out in the sun and refresh in between appointments.

Next to the trade shows, Copenhagen Fashion Week once again came about with a noteworthy catwalk schedule, including several local heroes such as By Malene Birger, Baum und Pferdgarten, Ganni, Han Kjobenhavn or Henrik Vibskov. On the womenswear side, a clear favorite was Ganni's feel good show including super cool tracksuits and platform sneakers combined with lace, big hair and lots of yellow while the menswear highlight was Han Kjobenhavn's ultimately cool show in a trailer park setting next to the Carlsberg brewery, bringing back popper pants, light pink pajama tops and velvet jumpers.