Sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste—Copenhagen Fashion Week was a feast for all five of my senses. As for sight, there was no shortage of spellbindingly beautiful and wildly cool things to see on the S/S 20 runways, including delicate pink feathers at Cecilie Bahnsen, rhinestone belts and bras at Saks Potts, whimsical cloud prints at Helmstedt, and oversize bow bags at Rodebjer. There was also an abundance of eye candy to see on the Copenhagen street style scene, which included lots of Bottega Veneta clutches and gobs of inventive styling tricks.
When it comes to the sense of touch, there were plenty of things I could feel—such as the silks, sequins, and smocked organza I witnessed backstage—but my most valuable takeaways fall under a more abstract interpretation of the word. There was the feeling of joy at Stine Goya, where inclusivity reigned supreme and people of all walks of life were given a chance to sashay down the runway, much to the delight of the cheering crowd. I felt goosebumps at Saks Potts, where a live orchestra played at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Then there was the feeling of anxiousness about the rain followed by pure, unadulterated fun at Ganni’s outdoor show, where dark clouds loomed and ponchos were handed out but the rain abated until—as if right on cue—it came pouring down during the finale-turned-dance party set to the tune of Danish singer Mø’s “Lean On.”
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