Despite the many hullaballoos and alterations that have been changing the local fashion fair landscape beforehand, the recently closed Copenhagen trade shows were a success.

While CIFF continues its path of clear segmentation into comprehensible areas from progressive to commercial at the city’s largest showgrounds at Bellacenter, the same show organizers have debuted with their upmarket mens fashion only concept CIFF Raven at Forum Copenhagen, formerly housing the Gallery trade show. Many of the former Gallery brands, such as Scandi heroes Libertine-Libertine, Won Hundred, Henrik Vibskov or Samsoe & Samsoe have meanwhile found their home somewhere else: at the newly established Revolver/Meatpacking District at Øksnehallen, which received a positive perception through and through and clearly outshone Revolver’s second outpost at Lokomotivvaerkstedet (Fishmarket District).

Gallery-like atmosphere at CIFF Raven
Gallery-like atmosphere at CIFF Raven

Next to the two main players, several other order and showcase events took place in the Danish capital, like the Bestseller Group’s own ‘Bestseller United CPH’ event, showcasing the collections of Vero Moda, Jack & Jones, Vila and the like, or the Jewellery Room, hosting Scandinavian jewelry brands at the H. C. Andersen Hall on Friday. Gallery was running a shuttle service between the different showrooms across the city.
While the fairs are growing, Copenhagen’s catwalk calendar seemed to lose attraction with several local draft horses (Stine Goya, Wood Wood) repeatedly not hosting a fashion show in the Nordic city.

Turtlenecks and 70s at Dagmar
Turtlenecks and 70s at Dagmar
THE trends: monochrome looks, lots of clever layering, 70s influence, shearling collars, sportswear inspirations

THE must-have: roll- and turtlenecks under EVERYTHING

THE fabrics: softer neoprene, silky fabrics

The topic of talk: HRH Crown Princess Mary guesting the Jewellery Room

CIFF: Never standing still
To discover upcoming labels and trends at CIFF, the show’s expanded LAB area, hosting brands such as House of Dagmar, Kaibosh or Rodebjer, was certainly the place to go. This formerly mens only segment right at the new entrance was transformed into a unisex one (several of the mens brands have been moved to CIFF Raven). Streetwear and denim from Pop CPH over Fred Perry to Converse was to be found in the Urban hall. Exhibitors from all departments showed satisfied and especially the younger brands reported on a good frequency of Japanese buyers. Paw Engelhardt of newcomer Apocs (A Product of Copenhagen Streets) reported: “The Japanese buyers showed a strong interest in the collection. We currently serve around 20 points-of-sale and prospectively we’ll make it 30 after the show!”

Track/suit hybrids by Et Al Design
Track/suit hybrids by Et Al Design
News: CIFF is evolving even further. The trade show organizers around Kristian W Andersen have plans for an additional sportswear show under the working title "CIFF Performance" in their pocket. This might be held in June and therefore at a very early point in the fashion trade show calender.... Stay tuned for upcoming news!

Highlight items:
men’s tracksuit/suit hybrids by Et Al Design
turnable sunglasses by Kaibosh
circular bags by Van Der Borne

Highlight collections: Brixtol, Mes Dames, Rodebjer

Most frequented booth: Just De Luxe

CIFF Raven: Art house
CIFF staged its new menswear-only concept in an impressive, gallery-like setting: when entering Forum, you were confronted with almost ceiling high white walls, setting each booth apart from the other. While this gave each brand the opportunity to present their collection and brand exactly as desired on a “blank canvas”, exhibitors could easily feel lonely not seeing any further than their booth walls while also the entering threshold for visitors was quite high. Amongst broader appealing brands such as Han Kjobenhavn or newcomer Roamers & Seekers were many more artsy designers such as Alex Mullins, Astrid Anderson or Tonsure.
Beautifully to look at, but unfortunately not the most communicative setting and much less frequented than its older brother CIFF at Bellacenter.

Highlight items:
Steiff coat by Tonsure
70s pieces by Alex Mullins
Vidur white sneakers

Highlight collections: Maharishi, Ucon, L’Homme Rouge

Most frequented booth: Han Kjobenhavn

Revolver at Øksnehallen
Revolver at Øksnehallen

Revolver: Positive debut
The brainchild of Gallery co-organizer Christian Maibom and the owner of the former Vision trade show, Jan Carlsen, celebrated an unexpectedly positive and well frequented debut – at least the part in Øksnehallen. To put it in the words of Nicolas Kjaer of Royal Republic: “Sometimes you have to stop something when it’s really successful in order to set free new positive energy.” Once competitors, the two men behind Revolver managed to create an open and familiar environment for their exhibitors, where only the arrangement of brands was questionable at some parts. Simply the distribution of brands across the two venues did not seem to follow any scheme – except for maybe sympathy, resulting in Revolver Meatpacking district being the place to go with names from Hope across Levi’s Vintage Clothing to Soulland or Wood Wood, whilst the brand mix of the Revolver Fishmarket District at Lokomotivvaerkstedet was far less appealing.

Highlight items:
Exotic/Erotic bomber by Soulland
Straight high-rise denims by Örjan Andersson
Logo rubber band pants by Ann Sofie Back

Highlight collections: Libertine-Libertine, Nanushka, Hope

Most frequented booth: Samsoe & Samsoe