I think it was the coldest air I have ever felt. Copenhagen this season had temperatures between minus five and minus 20 degrees whilst I was there, and suddenly I understood how those all encompassing padded snowsuits made perfect sense. Luckily there are plenty of exhibitors who have the traditional Scandinavian clothing here. Also, luckily for us, there are the exhibitors who have the cool, understated, quirky Scandi-style too.
The CPH Kids fair shows the pick of the Scandinavian brands with top names such as Soft Gallery, Bang Bang Copenhagen, Mini Rodini, New Generals, Sprout by Gro and an influx of the bigger brand names this year too such as Mini a Ture, Mar Mar, Noa Noa and Angulus.
Most labels had been true to their already established design ethics with little changing except new colourways and graphic details. There are plenty of prints around with woodland influences, leaf and floral prints still. Animals are used for portrait prints on T-shirts and as abstract logos. Owls are still a popular choice as are foxes, rabbits, penguins and bears.
Knitwear is very popular at this show and established labels such as Mads Norgaard showed classic Nordic knits with a twist such as a bright orange zip on a patterned cardigan or a lurex twinset in gold or deep blue instead of plain wool. For fans of The Killing TV series there is the classic Sarah Lund sweater in kids sizes from Gudrun & Gudrun, chunky rib long cardigan coats from Mini a Ture, baby alpaca knits from British exhibitor Waddler and a new label from Iceland AS WE GROW who showed promise with a baby knitted selection in cool colourways.
There was also the fab Lucky Boy Sunday collection of cute knitted toys and a wonderful huge patchwork knitted blanket.
Fur decorated collars, lined hats and was used for hairy boots and trims on ski style padded boots, but there was not too much around. Petit Nord had the best selection including a great boys shearling pull on cagoule style top and some retro looking cropped girls jackets.
New labels at the Fair included the British new launch, That's Not Fair, with a mix of chunky knits and classic tailoring. Livly have great girls dresses and tailored coats for boys and girls, Blublu specialise in dark denim ethical pieces and we also spotted the German company Macarons, as seen at Kleine Fabriek.
Photography by Linda McLean