Given that it's early August, you'll never believe it (or maybe you will) but the new fashion season (that's what we'll be wearing come spring/summer 2015) kicked off this week in Copenhagen. One of the emerging fashion weeks – like Melbourne, Sydney and Stockholm – it's no less influential, with a fleet of golden-skinned, golden-haired Danish honeys taking to the streets and the catwalk representin' the super strong Scandi scene, which now includes names like By Malene Birger, Designers Remix, Bruuns Bazaar, Ganni and Mads Norgaard.
So what went down? You want it in bite-sized form, right? We hit up blogger Camille Charriere – the French-born, Scandi-loyalist that we keep on speed dial for such moments of dissection. She zippily filled us in on what we needed to take away from Copenhagen SS15 – both on the catwalk and the street-style scene. The highlight? Ganni, who ditched the catwalk premise entirely and held its show on a tennis court, in a riot of apple greens and crisp whites. Pretty cool.
Here's what else you need to take away…
Bumbag as handbag = total thing
I bet you didn't see this one coming from the ultra-chic Scandis. This is like the best bit of early 90s naff-revampage we've ever seen: sling your bumbag over your shoulder like a cross-body bag, as seen on blogger Frederikke Brasch.
It's all about the cape, the poncho and the blanket coat
After Burberry sent a troupe of models wearing belted personalised blankets down the catwalk for AW14, a stream of blanket coats, ponchos and capes have flooded the high street. Nab a poncho now and, as By Malene Birger showed , you'll still be wearing it next summer.
You know how you're cinching your waist?
Just keep cinching it. 'There were LOADS of belts,' says Camille. Thin belts around jackets continue for another season – think of it as tailored androgyny. Best with loose trousers and a blazer – both of you which you definitely have lingering around in your wardrobe (you know that 'tailored beige blazer' you bought for work experience circa 2007? Yup, hit that back up.)
All the models lived in jumpsuits
It was 30°C during fashion week – 'EXCESSIVELY HOT' notes Camille – therefore easy breezy all-in-ones were the way forward: see supermodel Caroline Brasch-Nielsen, strolling around her home town in a printed one teamed with a bright pink quilted Chanel bag.
Take the fringe out of Coachella...
.... and the job's a good 'un, materially speaking. Fringe looks so much cooler when it's nowhere near crochet and on silky separates. Look for unexpected renditions of fringe and chuck a trench coat over the top. So perfectly trans-seasonal it HURTS.
The FROW paid homage to lace skirts worn with lace-up sneaks
Sheer lace and plimsolls, often worn in unison, were popular amongst showgoers. Check out blogger best friends Pernille and Camille in their matching sheer black lace midi skirts with Superga/Acne footsie set-up. Sheer lace also going to be a big one this autumn.
Let's think like a disco ball
And look like one, too. Metallics are dicey territory: bright colours, or anything glittery – avoid. But in a sort of high-shine matte of pewter and silver, it can look excellent. Take a glance at this two-piece by Mark Kenly Domino Tan (with the sneaky little belt in there – told you so.) Start with some gold trousers – we shall update you when we find some.
Forget the culotte, say hello to the Bermuda!
Unlike boxer shorts (championed by Alexander Wang but loved for just a brief window of time) Bermuda shorts – as modelled by supermodel Hani Gaby, who was flown in especially for the Mads Nørgaard show – have longevity. Like a cross between a boxer short (light material, a little bit more casual) and a culotte (length) the Bermuda is ideal with a denim jacket now and a poloneck once it gets a little colder. If they're a little too casual for your liking, don't worry – they were also shown with a slightly more chic cuffed hem at Bruuns Bazaar.
You'll want a dress like a tent
Scandis are known for their sleek minimalism and Ganni didn't disappoint (sporty leather trousers, white leather lace-ups and scuba turtlenecks) but there was a counter-culture also at play, with flowing, billowy dresses which were kept determinedly anti-ladylike by their loose, simple fit – almost like a kimono for the beach. Channel Ganni and look for dresses that could hide a six-month pregnancy/mega bloat.
Think of nudes as your second skin
Nudes have been creeping into your peripheral for a while and, according to Camille: 'You're gonna be wearing them like a second skin – silky slips, suede pants, mesh layers.' Top tip? 'Mix your textures.' We'll start with the incredible nude silk maxi dress by Bruuns Bazaar, please. Ideal summer wedding dress, no?
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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.