Fashion / Society

What is Copencore? Defining the new Danish aesthetic

By Allyson Shiffman

Photo: Marco Van Rijt

A very specific aesthetic has emerged in Copenhagen... we have dubbed it Copencore. Here's everything you need to know

There is something happening in Copenhagen. Sartorially, I mean. Among the Danish fashion set, a very specific aesthetic has emerged. You’ll find it at Apollo Bar, Atelier September or perhaps having cocktails in the wee hours of the morning at Babylon. It is a look that prioritises practicality and revels in neutral tones. It is luxurious, yes, but never flashy. It is a look that did not have a name, so we gave it one: Copencore.


For our third issue, we invited Sophia Roe to style a story that celebrates the Danish designers of the moment. Starring model and singer Klara Kristin and photographed by Marco van Rijt, the story showcases Danish designs, yes, but more than that it captures this specifically Copenhagen-y manner of dress.

“It’s very Danish,” declared our editor in chief, Martina Bonnier, when we were putting the story into layout.

She wasn’t just speaking of the locales – from Bellevue to Christiansborg Palace – the all-Danish team or the Saks Potts, By Malene Birger and Baum und Pferdgarten garments. She was speaking of how a dress was paired with Adidas superstars. How silhouettes were just a hair oversized. She was speaking of the wide-shouldered coats and the high-waisted trousers. Of the khaki, beige and brown. She was speaking of the effortless cool of this girl, fresh-faced with easy flaxen hair and a heavy fringe.

Trench coat, €485. Birrot. Knitted top, €120. Remain Birger Christensen. Trousers, €295, Belt, €265. Both Saks Potts. Necklace, €2,966. Marlene Juhl Jørgensen. Photo: Marco Van Rijt

Coat, €1,270, Top, €335, Trousers, €450, Hat, €200. All Nicklas Skovgaard. Heart necklace, €4,150. Ole Lynggaard. Boots, stylist’s own. Photo: Marco Van Rijt