Label to Watch: Cecilie Bahnsen

The new Scandi label you need to know about

Cecilie Bahnsen Danish labelphoto: Cecilie Bahnsen Pre-Spring 2019

Words by Nicole Thomsen
February 6th, 2019

Over the course of Copenhagen Fashion Week, there is a handful of names that command international attention. Ganni, of course, is the name on everyone’s lips, having risen to stratospheric fame in recent seasons, and arguably playing a massive role in putting Copenhagen Fashion Week on the map. Stine Goya follows closely behind as more and more luxury e-commerce sites such as Net-a-Porter and Brown Thomas begin to stock the colourful Scandi label. This season, however, it was Cecilie Bahnsen who had everyone praying for an invite to its autumn/winter 2019 show.

The up and coming Danish label first debuted at CPFW in February 2017 and has swiftly become one of the most anticipated shows in the Danish capital over the course of five seasons. The brand’s autumn/winter 2019 runway show, which took place last week, saw some of the industry’s biggest names in attendance, including Pernille Teisbaek, Lucy Williams, Jeanette Madsen, Blanca Miro, and Leandra Medine, all of who came from different corners of the globe to sit on the front row.

 

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Founded in 2015, Cecilie Bahnsen, a 2017 LVMH Prize finalist, launched her namesake label in Copenhagen after completing a design internship at John Galliano which then became a permanent role, and a design position at Erdem. Both known for their romantic craftsmanship, Bahnsen’s own aesthetic is in a similar vein.

In an industry that substantiates and applauds the ‘ugly’, Cecilie Bahnsen’s designs are the total opposite. They’re pretty. The voluminous silhouettes are feminine and the detailing is intricate and fanciful. They’re the modern-day version of the princess dresses you imagined as a child come to life. Ariana Grande, the modern-day princess of pop, perfectly illustrated this when she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon back in May wearing a baby pink peplum top and matching shorts from the label’s spring/summer 2018 collection.

But however ‘girlish’ and delicate they may seem on a clothes hanger, it’s when these designs are seen on the runway that they really come into their own. Speaking to Business of Fashion in 2017, Bahnsen said of her aesthetic, “I felt there was space to do a new take on femininity [like a] ruffled dress with boots or trainers.” Staying true to her words, each look in the autumn/winter 2019 collection was styled with all black dadcore trainers and equally black ankle socks to contrast the sweetness of the patchwork, tulle and crochet dresses.

 

 

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It’s in doing this — pairing something that’s light and whimsical with something dark and grungy — that the designer has found her winning formula. You could just as easily envision a bride who’s looking for an alternative style of dress wearing a Cecilie Bahnsen design on her wedding day as you could expect to see someone pair the same dress with a leather biker jacket and cowboy boots at fashion week.

The label, of course, is not what most would deem cheap — a dress averages at approximately €700 — but whether or not you can afford a piece of Cecilie Bahnsen, the label certainly serves up an abundance of style inspiration that you can apply to your own wardrobe. Follow on Instagram for a daily dose of pretty.

 

 

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