ROTATE: '80s Glamour Meets Comfort
Thanks to Rotate creative directors Thora Valdimarsdottir and Jeanette Madsen, we'll be embracing bright and shimmery designs this season, only with a comfortable edge. The pair's latest collection drew inspiration from the Eighties, particularly the 1988 movie Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise on a tropical island, where the female lead reminded the design duo of their own relationships with fashion. Kelly Lynch’s character Kelly Coughlin, in their mind, represented full 1980s' glamour, which was perfectly translated into their most recent designs—from high-waisted purple snakeskin pants to ruched satin-like seperates.
Ganni: Green With Envy
This season, to replace the runway show, Ganni presented its live performance 'Love Forever' with three talented female musicians, who each performed a mix of their own material and covers of songs while wearing the autumn/winter 2021 collection. Embodying the #GanniGirl, performers and models were dressed in the house's signature quilted leathers, while there were oversized tailored suits in bold colours and dainty prints. But, it was creative director Ditte Reffstrup's sprinkling of lime green throughout the collection that truly made waves, proving the vibrant hue has made its bold return to the fashion scene.
Holzweiler: Classics With A Twist
Following a year defined by the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, Holzweiler's collection was all about reflection. For its 'Twist' collection—inspired by the Kistefos Museum, The Twist, designed by architects B.I.G.—the brand took signature classics and reinvented them with an edge, with oversized and loose minimalistic shapes taking form. Sibling design duo Susanne and Andreas Holzweiler kept their creative and playful spirit, showcasing puffer and ugg-like minis and rubber boots in a light, buttery colourways.
Stand Studio: Playful Proportions With Matching Accessories
Presenting its latest collection in a private art gallery, Cfhill, in their hometown of Stockholm, Stand Studio's latest designs were ones that sat close to home. The fashion house played with proportions of classic silhouettes, complementing them with statement-making, matching accessories in bold prints and materials. Earthy tones were scattered throughout in high-shine gloss finishes, with its cult check coat being reinvented, and bolder than ever.
Remain: High-Shine Classics
Remain's 'The Tourist' collection was the perfect embodiment of the Copenhagen woman, who rediscovers the magic of her hometown through the eyes of a tourist—no doubt inspired by the year of lockdowns and travel bans. The collection revolved around a few standout pieces of the everyday wardrobe, from a mid-length puffer coat to a denim-on-denim set, while vibrant pink tie-dye was given new life and animal print, as usual, reigned supreme.
Lovechild 79: The Return Of The Sweater Vest
As an ode to the mundane joys of life we've been missing since the beginning of the pandemic, Lovechild 79 staged their autumn/winter 2021 show in an arrival hall of an airport—and unlike a usual runway show, models walked as stranger around one another, looking for their gates. Creative director Anne-Dorthe Larsen stuck to the brand's signature aesthetic, putting her modern silhouettes alongside feminine tailoring. The collection's standout? Its reinvention of the classic sweater vest.
Stine Goya: Sensual Silks And Feminine Prints
Offering up its signature bold brights and floral prints, Stine Goya drew inspiration from the New Romantics movement of the 1980s, as well as the neo-noir glamour of the roaring 1920s, for its autumn/winter 2021 collection. The 'Grunge Euphoria' collection, filled with flowing, silky silhouettes, paid tribute to the bustling energy, self-expression, and individuality that nightclubs once afforded, while the stunning and feminine prints were inspired by Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo.
Rixo: Dopamine Dressing For The Mundane
As always, the London-based label—known for its signature flowing designs in vibrant, clashing prints—proved the power of its really, really, great dresses. Presenting its latest collection via a short video presentation, that was shot at home by influencers Nicole Huisman, Emma Fridsell, and Sara Flaaen, the beautiful pieces, usually saved for our most prestigious of occasions, proved to become everyday wear. Zoom calls, weekend walks, and lounging at home all became welcome places for Rixo's statement-making designs, and attesting that their bright colours, playful designs are bold patterns are a means of lifting our moods (and spirits) this season.