Summing up CIFF as a whole is always difficult since it feels more like at least three trade shows under one roof than one holistic platform - and it gets even harder since the show is doing a really good job in adding brands to the upper bit of its portfolio.  From the super exciting designers in the show’s Raven, Lab and Crystal Hall areas, across successful sports- and streetwear players in the Urban hall, upper womenswear in the Style Setters or Sleek areas, to commercial leisurewear in the Essentials or Future Classics halls, each of the segments has its legitimacy.  
This season, the show especially came up with some super high profile names from the UK. Through a cooperation with Lulu Kennedy, founder of London’s fashion design support programs Fashion East and Man, CIFF hosted collections by some of Britain’s hottest offspring designers including Christopher Shannon, Aries, Marques’Almeida or Liam Hodges. London sales agency Nanasuzuki brought (half-)British brands such as Cottweiler, Xander Zhou or Dust to the showground and even icons like Vivienne Westwood and McQ Alexander McQueen showed presence.

Willy Chavarria
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Willy Chavarria

But inspiration also came from overseas, via hot US newcomers Second/Layer or Willy Chavarria, and even Japanese collections selected by local retail-authority Beams. Whilst these and their neighbors catered mainly for the fashion appeal, the other halls were buzzing with activity, underlining the relevance of Copenhagen as a fashion trade location not only for the Nordics but the whole of Middle Europe. Generally, it’s not only the showcasing and ordering platforms that international profile visitors like about the Copenhagen shows – the biannual Scandi gathering is mainly valued as an always relaxed (also due to its end-of-the-season nature) meeting point and fruitful ground for exchange, not least guaranteed by the show’s good organization, infrastructure and established side events such as the CIFF social dinner.

Here are our highlights from the show grounds at Bella Center.

Best of Denim

Rigid women's denims with carefull attached details from fringes to glitter letters: Aries

Denim by Aries
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Denim by Aries

Deconstructed denim: Almost every jeans collection had its own version of the Vetements bestseller

Frame Denim
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Frame Denim


From a tracksuit to a shag jacket: Christopher Shannon knows how to do everything in denim
Christopher Shannon
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Christopher Shannon


The key items

Yet another Vetement influence: Oversized sweats and jackets are going strong. Especially hot: the overlength hoodie

Marques'Almeida
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Marques'Almeida

Indispensable key-piece: The souvenir jacket

Schott NYC
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Schott NYC

Whilst classic tour merch is going ever more strong, also fashion brands are specializing on the band shirt (Seven Rays bases its full collection on the item)

Seven Rays
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Seven Rays

From pajama-style shirt collars to new polos or zipped turtle necks: Collars are in focus for spring/summer '17

New polo collar at Les Deux
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New polo collar at Les Deux
Hawaiian shirt with pajama collar at Beams
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Hawaiian shirt with pajama collar at Beams
Zipped high collar at Han Kjøbenhavn
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Zipped high collar at Han Kjøbenhavn


The fabrics & qualities

Especially matching the current sleepwear/pajamas trend: silky and fluents fabrications

Lovechild 1979
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Lovechild 1979

Pleats and crinkled qualites have a moment in womeswear, especially in matching wide-pants-and-top combinations

MbyM
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MbyM

Perfectly mastering thick stitchings and wool moldings for interesting 3D structures: Tonsure

Tonsure
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Tonsure


Best of footwear:

Babouche slippers (but Twist & Tango's enlarged footwear collection is worth taking a look at for their other styles, too)

Babouche slippers by Twist & Tango
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Babouche slippers by Twist & Tango

Perfectly clumsy and '90s-looking (aka trendy): sneakers by Hi-Tec (also keep an eye on Hummel's Hive collection)

Hi-Tec
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Hi-Tec


Best of sportswear: 

Prepare for a comeback: Kappa's summer '17 line is super hot and distributed by reliable hype-generator Slam Jam.

Kappa
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Kappa