Even the grittier parts of copenhagen, a pristine, compact capital, are picturesque by metropolis standards—and getting hipper by the minute. Vesterbro, once the cradle of prostitution and porn, is today dotted with fashion boutiques and hip cafes that morph into seriously cool bars after dark. And the cultural renaissance extends to the entire city, thanks to a bold new crop of restaurateurs, architects and fashion designers—the latter group emboldened by their glamorous young patron: Crown Princess Mary, a chic Australian who has put her weight behind an industry that represents Denmark's fourth-biggest export. The Danish fashion community is still searching for a handle for its look, but "Nordic bohemian" is a good starting point. Think of something chic to wear on a bicycle.
For an introduction to Danish brands, stroll the thronged pedestrian corridor Strøget and you'll discover a whole new world of popular labels: B Young, Matinique, Sand and Mads Nørgaard, to name a few. But make like the locals and detour at will. "Danish people who are into fashion like to turn in and out of the small streets," says fashion designer Christina Julsgaard, who planted her gallery-like Yiip boutique next to others off-the-beaten-path at 5 Bagerstraede. Don't miss her new Yiip jeans, with long and low back pockets. Other out-of-the-way boutiques worth the extra steps are Pede & Stoffer at 19 Klosterstraede, which carries European and Scandinavian brands; trendy Dico at 21 Ravnsborggade, and the newcomer Bark |at 26 Elmegade and 3 Lille Kirkestraede, whose knits printed with lines of Danish poetry are a highbrow alternative to the usual souvenir T-shirt. Over in funky Vesterbro, start at the western end of Istedgade and dip into an endless number of small design, thrift and fashion shops. Donn Ya Doll, at 55 Istedgade, is stuffed with clothes made with retro curtain prints that are a hallmark of Scandinavian design, and also stocks toys and novelties. Independent designers gravitate here, and you can often find them sewing in the back. At Asfalt, at 83 Istedgade, Hanne Zachariassen makes dresses and skirts from old tablecloths— a sort of kitchen couture.If you want to eat like a princess—and, yes, Mary has eaten here—head for Kong Hans Kaelder, at 6 Vingaardsstraede, which is one of Copenhagen's most historic (and expensive) restaurants, tucked into the former royal wine cellar and mint. The Danish cuisine is divine—for dessert they sprinkle hibiscus salt on the sheep's milk ice cream that sits on three types of rhubarb—and the service is impeccable. Or, given the city's casual nature, just head to a cafe and order a salmon sandwich with dill cream or, better yet, smørrebrød, Denmark's famous open-faced sandwich. Among the funkiest cafes are Bang & Jensen, at 130 Istedgade in Vesterbro; Pussy Galore's Flying Circus at 30 Skt. Hans Torv in Nørrebro; Apropos at 2 Halmtorvet in the former meatpacking district Øksnehallen, and Zirup at 32 Laederstraede. Asian food is also popular among locals. Check out LêLê, a mobbed Vietnamese fashion hangout at 56 Vesterbrogade, or Sticks & Sushi, an industrial decor eatery at 62 Istedgade. After dark, beautiful young people flock to Nørrebro bars like the futuristic Rust, at 8 Guldbergsgade, or the cozy Oak Room, at 10 Birkegade. In Vesterbro, best bets are the posh-design lounge Strassen, at 128 Istegade, or the louder, darker, music-driven Ideal Bar, at 40 Enghavevej.
Boasting a lively bar off the lobby called Rouge, the Hotel Skt. Petri, at 22 Krystalgade, is the city's most famous upscale-design hotel—complete with its own DJ-mix CD. But more adventurous types might consider the new Hotel Fox, at 3 Jarmers Plads, where 21 emerging artists were given carte blanche to decorate 61 rooms in styles that range from wacky and wonderful to downright weird. Unless you are seriously into Mexican wrestling culture, avoid room 308.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)