I’d like a different size … and another glass of champagne

February 1st, 2013

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Fashion in Copenhagen is something you notice immediately. The Danes all look like models, and their ensembles always hit the perfect medium between “I just threw this on” and “I’m a sartorial genius.” As such, the city has become one of the fashion capitals of the world, and this weekend is here to celebrate that fact.

The first Copenhagen fashion show was held at Bella Center in 1968, but the city didn’t host its first festival until 1981. Since then, Copenhagen Fashion Week has transformed from a small caterpillar into an internationally-respected butterfly.

Unfortunately, the fashion world is rife with secret passwords and exclusivity; Vivienne Westwood and French Connection aren’t likely to open their doors to just anyone. That’s where the Copenhagen Fashion Festival steps in to invite us mere mortals to play dress-up.

The line-up for this weekend looks like a great mix of fashion and culture. For one, Cinemateket is running a miniature film festival through Sunday, from the theme of ‘Dreams of Darkness and Colour’ to the fashionable history of the 1930s to a look at how Danish designers utilise the medium of film to showcase their collections. Fashion and film buffs will rejoice in kind.

For another, the end of Fashion Week also means a good excuse to party hard. Fashion Week closes out on Saturday at the swanky First Hotel Sankt Petri, while the Fashion Festival loosens up the ties a party at the always-cool HIVE. But the place you probably want to be – and be seen – is at Simons when Danish designer Peter Jensen hosts what is sure to be an enticingly exclusive bash.

But the real kick this weekend happens when you see all the stuff you can do without dropping a single kroner. Starting on Friday with Fashion Night Out, the shops of Copenhagen welcome you through their doors with open arms – where a free glass of bubbly is waiting! Scouring through the overwhelming number of events, we’ve compiled a list of places you can go throughout the weekend and reap the benefits of living in the fashion capital of Scandinavia.

The Body Shop
Østergade 33, Cpk K or  Frederiksberggade 2, Cph K
Fri 10:00-21:00 – makeup consultation, champagne and music
Sat 10:00-18:00 – makeup consultation

Me & Audrey – champagne
Christian IX’s Gade 7, Cph K; Fri 11:00-18:00, Sat 11:00-15:00

ILLUM – goodie bags, wine, chocolate, beer, candy and champagne
Østergade 52, Cph K; Fri 15:00-21:00

Magasin – makeup consultation
Kongens Nytorv 13, Cph K; Fri 15:00-18:00

Edith & Ella – refreshments
Købmagergade 7, Cph K; Fri 16:00-20:00

Tommy Hilfiger – champagne
Østergade 26, Cph K; Fri 16:00-18:00, Sat 14:00-16:00

BOSS – champagne and chocolate
Østergade 15, Cph K; Fri 18:00-21:00

Just Female – beer
Sværtegade 10, Cph K; Fri 18:00-21:00

Zen Organic Hair – makeup consultation
Grønnegade 36, Cph K; Fri 18:00-21:00

Whyred – refreshments
Pilestræde 35, Cph K; Fri 19:00-21:00

Apair – champagne and chocolate
Ny Østergade 3, Cph K; Sat 14:00-16:00

Magasin – fashion consultation and champagne
Kongens Nytorv 13, 2nd Floor, Cph K; Sat 14:00-16:00

Swapamok – clothes swap
Frederiksholms Kanal 24, Cph K; Sat starting at 16:00

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