In a similar vein to Parisian-chic’, Copenhagen-cool is the utterly effortless aesthetic and attitude that we all love to pinch cues from, time and time again. And, in Danish native and one-to-watch designer, Cecilie Bahnsen, we (very definitely) trust!

In the running for the top spot of the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize in 2017, and the proud winner of the DANSK Design Talent Award in 2016 – just one year after launching her namesake label – the designer has stamped her mark on the Scandinavian circuit thanks to her love of layering transparent and opaque textures, her sculptural multi-tiered feminine silhouettes – like baby-doll dresses and ruffled-hem tops that embrace playful proportions – and, by exploring traditional techniques through a contemporary fashion lens.

Determined to learn more about our Copenhagen style crush, we met Cecilie in person and fired away… 

There’s something so utterly unique about your aesthetic compared to the widespread interpretation of ‘Scandi’ style… What do you think that uniqueness is?
Our collections are definitely more feminine and delicate than most brands, and our shapes are much more voluminous. I think it’s the balance of something super simple and super detailed that elevates it; the garments are so special, because there’s a lightness and a volume to them. That lightness is so important.

Talk us through the ideas behind your colour palette, and the introduction of brighter hues for SS19.
Initially, we wanted it to be a strong white collection, but it also then became about the building of colour. We introduced mustard yellows, pinks, blues and blacks to create different stories. Each piece has a number of elements, but they all work well together as one collection.

We like to keep developing similar ideas every season. For this one, we built on more graphic elements, and decided to bring in a slightly more masculine energy to balance against the ‘traditional’ femininity.

Is the strength of women and the power of the collective something that you feel strongly about?
The idea behind the collection was very much about creating this powerful feeling of sisterhood – being stronger together and female forces to be reckoned with as a unit. I wanted the first impressions of the collection to be about the girls, who were all standing together hand-in-hand, with an effortless friendship running throughout.

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