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.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye