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Style / August 2018

What We Learned at Copenhagen Fashion Week

Denmark’s capital city has long been seen by insiders as a unique hub of cross-cultural fashion inspiration. The Rake was on the ground last week, with photographer Cris Fragkou (@cris.fragkou) documenting the eclectic street style during Copenhagen Fashion Week. Here’s what we discovered…

Last week saw the fashion pack descend upon the cobblestone streets of the Danish capital Copenhagen to scrutinise the latest menswear and womenswear collections from a predominantly young swathe of Nordic designers. Although The Rake is largely ambivalent about trends and 'fashion' per se, it's always interesting to see how different generations, age groups and nationalities reinterpret what is often very classical cuts, silhouettes and motifs in new ways. What we garnered from the excellent Cris Fragkou's documentation of street style (@cris.fragkou) is that Copenhagen is ripe with flair, individualism and inventiveness, three traits The Rake will always be advocates of. That Danish men have a relaxed aesthetic shouldn't come as any great surprise when you consider the urban modernity of some of their best menswear exports – brands such as Soulland, Henrik Vibskov, Wood Wood, and Han Kjøbenhavn – and sure enough, we saw plenty of examples of understated styling. Scroll down to discover more about what we saw at Copenhagen Fashion Week...

The bandana as neckwear is here to stay...

Take a deep, relieving sigh: the bandana as sported by American wrestlers in the 1980s (around the head) is not, we repeat, NOT making a comeback. However, bandanas carefully and diligently rolled into a neckerchief-type configuration are most certainly a 'thing.' The Rake bore witness to literally hundreds of them at Pitti Uomo earlier this summer, from foppish silk numbers to more military-inspired incarnations. From a purely functional point of view, they do a great job mopping up sweat in warm weather and will go a little way towards preventing beads of sweat from dripping down one's back and spoiling a shirt. From an aesthetic point of view, they work well worn with either an open-collar shirt or even tucked into a T-shirt, as our Copenhagen examples show below. We recommend choosing one in a contrasting hue to add a pop and collar, which will serve to draw the public's collective gaze to your face.

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