Across a blue sky and over a mid-trot equestrian statue of Christian V, a flock of birds fly in long low wavering lines, breaking east and twisting west before continuing forward.
Though it’s nothing but pure coincidence, it almost feels like a part of the show Copenhagen-based brand Saks Potts is staging here at Kongens Nytorv, a public square in the city. This will be its largest runway event ever, and the prologue to an identity shift that’s been a few years in the making. All to say: It’s a new era for Saks Potts!
It’s late afternoon, and the sun is at its most viscous mood. The heat has been baking Copenhagen, and everyone is feeling it. Sitting on benches that sandwich a narrow strip of circular runway, the brand’s fashionable guests are fanning themselves furiously. More and more passersby stop and stand, wondering what the fuss is all about. By the time all the seats are filled by invitees, the square is packed with people — 4,000 is the estimate — standing on their tiptoes to sneak a peek.
A spine-tingling chord progression blares throughout the square, and everyone grows quiet. The show begins. It takes quite a few minutes for the first model — clad in a short-sleeved white button-down and a brown ombre leather skirt — to walk around the cobblestone square and make her way to the end, but that gives us more time for inspection, more time to truly digest a look before the next one appears in sight. And in soaking in these looks slowly, piece by piece, you’ll begin to feel a distinct shift in Saks Potts’ DNA.