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Copenhagen Fashion Week: The Scandi designer that everyone is obsessed with

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Billie Bhatia
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Cecilie Bahnsen SS2020

Cecilie Bahnsen just won Copenhagen Fashion Week, and this is why you’re about to see a lot more from the designer. 

Over the past few seasons, Copenhagen Fashion Week has come to mark the start of the new season in a serious way – garnering such steam both on and off the runway that it more than holds its own against the big four of New York, London, Milan and Paris. And whilst the success of Scandi street style is undeniable (truly it might be the best street style we have ever seen), it’s the brands coming out of the Danish capital that we are the most excited about. 

There are those established brands like Ganni and By Malene Birger that have been coveting spots in our wardrobe for quite some time, and then there are those that are on the cusp of eruption. 

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However, this year there was one brand that flooded my Instagram feed to such levels that at the end of CPHFW I was more familiar with it than some of my family members. The brand in question is Cecilie Bahnsen - the eponymous label launched in 2015. 

For those well versed in Danish fashion and for industry insiders, Copenhagen’s most exciting designer has been on the radar for a couple of seasons (after all she was an LVMH Prize finalist), but this season really felt like we had hit a Cecilie Bahnsen eruption. And it was a sight to behold.

In fact, you might be already be familiar with the designer’s easily recognisable work – this Zara dress that every fashion person I know owns (myself included) certainly takes its inspiration from Cecilie Bahnsen. Before this season, we had been accustomed to seeing an obvious femininity to her pieces: romantic ruffles, big puffed up sleeves, organza skirts and bow details. 

For Spring/Summer 2020 (yes, it blows my mind too), Cecilie Bahnsen brought her aesthetic forward, incorporating more than just their now infamous ‘cupcake’ style dress to fans of the brand. We were treated to her first foray into tailoring: neat, textured and considered – whether through a chiffon overlay or organza fabrication – everything still felt very much obviously CB.      

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There were also slouchy separates that felt more utilitarian than any of her other designs as well as an outburst of yellow (previous we have only seen black, white and pink from the designer). The overall result was a collection that was both incredibly instagrammable and incredibly desirable. 

Loved by insiders and influencers alike and with New York Fashion Week on the horizon and London and Paris swift to follow, you’re about to see a whole lot more of this Scandi brand. 

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