THE DANISH GIRL: Danish designers Ole Yde, Mark Kenly Domino Tan, Malene Birger, Shamballa Jewels’ Mads Kornerup and Caroline Fleming were among guests who turned out for a cocktail hosted by the French ambassador François Zimeray in Caroline de Maigret’s honor at the embassy on Friday night. The event closed Copenhagen Fashion Week’s three-day run.
“We couldn’t find a guest who was more relevant than someone who embodies of the values we fight for, the values of Paris and the freedom of women….This event is a response to all those who show hostility to our way of life,” said Zimeray who previously invited Vanessa Bruno and Nathalie Rykiel to visit during Copenhagen’s fall ready-to-wear week.
“The ratio of good-looking girls in this country is just amazing,” said the model and author of “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits.” De Maigret visited the country as a child with her parents. “I just remembered Legoland,” said the model, referring to the park next to Lego’s original factory.
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“Is it provocation?” de Maigret said with a laugh. “The Danish girl is chic, playful with her clothing and very beautiful. She might just need a dash of political incorrectness. I think the Nordic like that I am a bit cheeky.”
Earlier in the day, 600 people turned out to the Royal Library for a talk with de Maigret and Danish actress Ellen Hillingsø on style and other matters.
Tan, who was a finalist of the H&M Design Award in 2013 and scooped the Magasin prize the year after, got his copy signed by de Maigret. It read: “Skip the style section: I have nothing to teach you.”
The homegrown talent showed his sculptural and feminine fall collection with lots of silk and embroideries as a nod to his Chinese heritage on Copenhagen’s catwalk on Thursday.
Reacting to the news that Burberry would show seasonless men’s and women’s wear collections together, Tan said: “I think it is really interesting. For our part, we have been thinking of showing only once a year.” This season, the women’s wear designer had two male models walk his runway in men’s looks, plus transgender model Vincent Beier in women’s wear pieces. “It was just my thoughts on women and men increasingly borrowing from each other’s wardrobe,” he explained, describing the gender concept as “old.”
Kornerup first met with de Maigret when he was an assistant photographer at age 22. The creative director of Shamballa Jewels designed a new necklace with a Nordic inspiration that was showcased on Friday at The Jewellery Room — an exhibition cohosted by the Danish Fashion Institute — ahead of its launch at the Baselworld show, held from March 17 through 24.
Meanwhile, Yde said he is to show during Paris Fashion Week on March 9.