Striped separates and flat sandals make for an effortlessly cool spring look at Lovechild 1979.On an unseasonably hot and sunny morning, crowds congregate in front of the Skt. Petri, Copenhagen’s luxury design hotel and erstwhile headquarters for international media covering Copenhagen Fashion Week. The mood is charged with anticipation: For many, today is a first glimpse at an exciting new crop of Scandinavian designers. Whisked off in a branded car, I arrive in minutes at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Music, the venue for the opening show: Lovechild-1979. Click through for front-row snaps from Day 1 of Copenhagen FW.... Young design duo Anne-Dorthe Larsen and Katrine Rabjerg present a collection of easy-to-wear separates in a palette of navy, cream and rust. After Day 1, the robe coat/vest is already emerging as a strong trend at CPHFW spring 2015. Outside, the street style is as varied as the shades of blond (from icy platinum to warm caramel). Few women clack in high heels on cobblestones: Everyone else is in flat footwear. The coolest: Chanel sneaks; the least assuming: black Birks. Navy, black and shades of white are everywhere, with monochrome palettes dressed up in stripes, metallic fabrics and architectural cuts.
Fashion fans outside of CPHFW spring 2015.Up next: The crowds are directed to an office building in the city centre, where we’re greeted with chilled rosé to toast the reinvention for spring 2015 of Danish heritage brand Fonnesbech. Six generations later, designer Mette Julie Bundgaard Nielsen is reimaging the Fonnesbech woman. Workwear staples are modernized with opalescent fabrics and pops of lemon yellow and coral. Our favourite accessory so far: Fonnesbech's studded felt visor. Following the morning shows, an opening press conference outlines the week’s mandate of sustainability. Last year, Copenhagen Fashion Week was named the “greenest” by the Financial Times, but it’s clear the Danish Fashion Institute isn’t resting on its laurels. While introducing this season’s efforts, including a public debate on sustainable fashion at Copenhagen City Hall and the first-ever Global Fashion Exchange (essentially a giant clothing swap), director Eva Kruse notes an important caveat: Sustainable fashion still has to look good. For a country with design in its DNA, we expect no less, and if Day 1 is any indication of what’s to come, we won’t be disappointed. READ MORE 10 super cool summer sneakers 50+ ways to dress like a street style star Street style: Copenhagen