August month may be vacation time for many, but for Scandinavia’s top fashion designers and models, it marks one of the busiest months of the calendar. Copenhagen Fashion Weeks are held twice yearly every February and August, with events that include both closed trade shows and plenty of parties, showcases and other events open to the public.
This year’s summer fashion week kicked off yesterday, August 11 and runs throughout the week until Sunday, August 15. A first for this year is that those interested can now receive up-to-the-minute news about all Fashion Week events uploaded direct to their phone, by logging on to copenhagenfashionweek.com/app.
While much of Copenhagen Fashion Week is closed to non-industry fashion fans, it’s still possible to follow the latest styles and trends with a variety of events collected under the heading ‘Copenhagen Fashion Festival’. These include Fashion Night Out on Friday, where late night downtown shopping should include a few fashion surprises.
The highlight this year is undoubtedly The World’s Greatest Catwalk. This takes place this Saturday, August 14 along the walking street Strøget in Copenhagen’s Indre Byen. At 3pm, more than 220 models will begin to traverse the 1 mile (1.6km) catwalk that stretches from Rådhuspladsen to Kongens Nytorv. Top Scandinavian designers participating include Bruuns Bazaar, Rützou and Henrik Vibskov.
All proceeds from this event will go to Chernobyl Children’s Project International (CCCI), a charity chosen by Helena Christensen, who is patron of the catwalk event. City center shops have been invited to donate 1% of the day’s revenue to the cause.
For information on the many other events taking place visit the Copenhagen Fashion Festival website, for details of the parties and shows that are open to everyone.
Photo courtesy of Copenhagen Fashion Week.