Copenhagen calls the shots. The Danish capital has established itself as the pre-eminent fashion week in terms of trendsetting prowess, street style photography and sustainability—and it's only getting stronger every season. This has positioned Copenhagen Fashion Week as a can't-miss event on the global fashion calendar not just for me personally but also for a slew of other international editors, buyers and influencers.
One thing I love about Copenhagen is how its schedule expertly mixes little-known brands like Jade Cropper and A. Roege Hove with established labels like Ganni and Stine Goya. This gives everyone the best of both worlds: On one hand, you get the inside scoop on new brands to start wearing before everyone else catches on. On the other end of the spectrum, you can feast your eyes on highly anticipated shows from brands you already know and love.
After I arrived back home in Los Angeles, it was difficult to narrow down the top trends from the Copenhagen collections, but I managed to sort through the cream of the crop in my roundup below. Oh, and I also did a TikTok version!
1. Baggy Jeans
Founded in 2018, Danish brand Tomorrow Denim is focused on using sustainable materials and was a finalist for this season's Zalando Sustainability Award. It's the first-ever denim brand to be certified by both the EU Ecolabel and the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. How impressive is that?
I'm obsessed with Lovechild 1979's baggy wide-leg jeans, which were teamed with a classic cable-knit sweater.
Arguably Copenhagen's best-known brand, Ganni did not disappoint for F/W 22. These loose-fitting jeans are bound to be a sellout come September.
This show was Jade Cropper's second collection but her first as part of the Copenhagen Fashion Week schedule. Cropper made a splash with deconstructed pieces, lots of skin and badass styling. The designer is a native of Sweden, and her show was part of the Danish capital's partnership with the Swedish Fashion Council.
These baggy jeans from Gestuz have two details of note: cargo pockets and tied-up hemlines.
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2. Skimpy Knitwear
Commit this name to memory: Jade Cropper is a rising star of Scandinavian fashion. This collection was made exclusively from waste and recycled materials.
Another promising newcomer, Kerne.Milk's F/W 22 collection was rife with sheer tops, upcycled sweaters and on-trend baggy jeans. The brand is only three years old but already has an exciting future.
Photo:A. Roege Hove
Nobody does knitwear like A. Roege Hove. Founded in 2019, the Danish brand has already won over fashion girls with its skin-bearing, layerable knit tops, dresses and skirts.
None other than Erin Wasson opened Saks Potts's impressive show at the Copenhagen Opera House. Supermodel status and venue aside, the clothes spoke for themselves, including this covetable barely there top in neon green.
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3. Dresses Over Pants
As the reigning queen of colorful prints, Stine Goya hit a home run with her newest F/W 22 collection. This dress-over-pants look was one of the many highlights in a super-fun yet wearable show.
Swedish brand Filippa K offered up another great idea for styling dresses over pants with this fantastic matching satin set. The brand recently announced its new creative director, Saint Laurent alum Liisa Kessler, so keep your eyes peeled for even more beautiful designs in the near future.
I'm in love with this sporty look from Fassbender, one of three finalists for this season's Zalando Sustainability Awards. "All our products are built around cutting-edge industry technologies like 3D printed manufacturing, microbial dyeing, or technologically enhanced fabrics," the brand said in a statement. "Eliminating pesticides, chemicals, and toxins from the production process, while making use of alternative raw materials like cactus or sugar cane build the foundation of our company ethos."
Here, Ganni offered a stellar idea for layering dresses over pants: Go for a monochrome look but add a pop of color via a simple sweater.
Photo:By Malene Birger
The epitome of grown-up sophistication, By Malene Birger designed this impeccable version of the dress-over-pants trend for fall 2022.
Photo:Day Birger et Mikkelsen
Thank you, Day Birger et Mikkelsen, for yet another perfect example of how to pull off the dress-over-pants trend with ease.
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4. Snow Boots
Oslo-based brand Holzweiler is getting buzzier by the minute. This season, the brand's snow boots styled with miniskirts caught my eye.
These puffy boots from Soulland were destined to go viral. How about those extra-long sleeves, too?
These furry boots styled with a beautifully minimalist knit dress at Munthe are guaranteed to keep you warm.
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5. Loose Trousers Tucked Into Knee-High Boots
Photo:Mark Kenly Domino Tan
Mark Kenly Domino Tan always chooses the most beautiful show venues in Copenhagen. This time was the National Gallery of Denmark. The elegant looks felt right at home among the prestigious artwork.
Photo:By Malene Birger
Can't you picture Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wearing this sophisticated look from By Malene Birger?
Ganni is always at the forefront of every trend, so you can bet they know how to perfect the trousers-tucked-into-boots look.
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6. High Socks
Photo:Baum und Pferdgarten
Socks and sandals are back—that is, if Baum und Pferdgarten has anything to say about it. The cult brand's F/W 22 collection was chock-full of both tights and socks styled with open-toed sandals, and I'm in love.
This Fassbender look reminds me of my private school days, complete with high socks, a crisp button-down shirt and a preppy cable-knit sweater.
Take a cue from The Garment and wear your loafers with knee-high gray socks for fall 2022.
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