Everything I Wore to Copenhagen Fashion Week SS23 (and Where to Shop Them)

Dressing up for my first Copenhagen Fashion Week was an incredible experience; the city’s street style is often considered one of the most anticipated in the world. Here are all of the looks I wore to the spring-summer 2023 season — and where to shop them! 

If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you probably already know this, but if you haven’t, well, here’s the latest in my fashion adventures: I attended Copenhagen Fashion Week just last week! This has been a dream of mine for quite some time. Paris, London and New York might be the cities everyone thinks of when it comes to fashion, but over the last few years, Copenhagen has been rising as the destination to be for spotting some of the coolest and most unique brands to come out of Scandinavia. 

So, you can see why it’s long been on my radar. For years, I followed CPHFW’s emerging brands, scrolled through the street style worn by some of the city’s stylish it girls, and pinned look after colorful look for inspiration. This year, I finally got to experience fashion week in person! Needless to say, dressing up for the occasion came with a certain amount of pressure (and fun, of course). This was my first CPHFW after all; I had to dress to impress. So, without further ado, here are the top outfits I wore to fashion week — and where to shop each and every piece. 

1. Streetwear with a twist

I wore this look to the Gestuz SS23 show, inspired by the brand’s denim line-up from its previous collection. Denim is infiltrating runways everywhere, and this y/project skirt is one of my favorite pieces in my closet. (I wore it a few months ago at an Alexander McQueen exhibit, but I couldn’t wait to wear it again.) The skirt has a bit of a flare, so I wanted to play around with an hour-glass silhouette: broad, oversized shoulders, wide hemline and a waist cinched with Jacquemus’ iconic coin belt. 

2. Safety-pins and beads

When I first saw this skirt, I fell in love — with the safety pins, the beads, the draped crochet. Designed by Yueqi Qi, who marries Chinese romance with a modern sensibility (and has worked as a textile designer at the likes of Chanel, Balenciaga and Dior), the piece feels unique and special. I paired it with a Ganni crop top and wool blazer, sticking to warm textures and fabrics. Angelo Figus’ mules boast circular cutouts that harmonizes nicely with the skirt’s slit details. I wore this look to the Holzweiler SS23 show, which was also chock-full of cool crochet, macramé and creative layering.

3. Knitwear with a splash of tangerine

There’s something so architectural about this dress by contemporary women’s knitwear brand PH5. The spray-paint effect creates a dreamy, sexy silhouette and the curly hemline takes it to a whimsical dimension. (Plus, I love that it’s made with sustainably sourced yarns.) It’s a statement piece on its own, and on any other occasion, I would’ve probably let the dress do the talking all by itself. But because this is fashion week, a little pop of color was in order. Thanks to my partner who spotted this bag last-minute (literally just a few hours before the show), I was able to wear it with PH5’s asymmetrical number. To elevate the look even more, I popped on this pair of futuristic sunglasses — dubbed “John Jovino” — by Flatlist and Jacquemus earrings and off I went to the Saks Potts show at Kongens Nytorv!

4. Supersized power blazer

Who doesn’t love a solid oversized blazer? Designed by Georgian ready-to-wear brand Anouki, this blazer is just a step above your everyday staple. It’s super-sized; it totally swallows up your whole body. That’s exactly what I love about it. (Bear in mind, I’m wearing a size small.) I wore this look to a few fashion week events in the evening, so I layered it on top of a tank top from Atoir. The front logo detail gives it a more sporty look, which is made even more casual by these Agolde shorts, complete with whiskered, frayed edges. This look took me easily from fashion week’s more laid-back previews and events to dinner and beyond.

As an Los Angeles-based journalist and fashion writer, Mari Alexander highlights local and global talents through runway reviews, designer interviews, and trend reports.

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