CPHFW AW19: MFPEN – Minimalism with Little Imagination

Copenhagen Fashion Week takes place in the depths of winter, so those assembled for yesterday’s first show of the day were in need of something to warm them up. Unfortunately, MFPEN didn’t provide it. Their show, set in a spacious room in Christianshavn, though basking in chic minimalism, lacked both imagination and innovation.

MFPEN, the brainchild of Copenhagen-based designer Sigurd Bank, was established in 2015 to reimagine traditional Scandinavian design through irregular shapes and interesting hues. Yesterday’s designs were both high quality and wearable, though they contained neither irregular shapes, nor interesting hues apart from a delightful cornflour blue, that really should have been much more present in the collection.

That being said, MFPEN’s catwalk abounded with effortless calm and sophistication, something reflected in the show’s venue: an elegant room overlooking the water, with a tiled floor and columns leading up to a high ceiling. Upon arrival, the audience was greeted by the sound of distorted jazz notes and an array of styles that included shades of grey, blue and beige, punctured by highlights of yellow. The use of headwear as accessory was the show’s strongpoint – particularly their use of jungle hats to create a sense of exoticism – and their use of luggage reinforced a sense of wearability. Certainly, too, the shades of baby blue were appealing; both sufficiently relaxed and smart at once.

But sadly, however, it wasn’t enough to save the show. The audience left calmer, perhaps, but certainly no warmer or wide awake. If they had wanted to wake up to smart minimalism, they would have gone to IKEA. Copenhagen Fashion Week, unlike IKEA, or indeed other fashion shows, is an opportunity for innovation rather than a celebration of continuity. MFPEN didn’t seem to get the memo.

 

CPHFW AW19 MFPEN

CPHFW AW19 MFPEN

CPHFW AW19 MFPEN

CPHFW AW19 MFPEN

CPHFW AW19 MFPEN


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