“We are more than just a trade show, we are a community, a movement, a platform that strives to continuously innovate, elevate and redefine the perception of trade shows,” asserted CIFF’s fashion and design director Kristian W. Andersen following last week’s three day event, and we wholly agree. As the largest and most exciting fashion fair across Scandanivia, inviting and celebrating an impressive and diverse range of international brands such as Mr Hare, Phoebe English, Carven, Stampd, BLS Hafnia, BLACK FIST and Martin Asbjørn for SS16, CIFF built on the success of previous seasons and expanded even further.
In January 2015, CIFF introduced CIFF RAVEN, a fresh, carefully considered edit of menswear and lifestyle labels and last week Copenhagen’s Bella Centre housed the inaugural Raven Projects, a 2000 square metre industrial space showcasing 20 artisanal and specialist brands. Curated by LN-CC’s John Skelton, Raven Projects, selected in opposition to disposable fast fashion, included a couple of our favourite Brit brands, James Long and Wales Bonner. “I’ve been visiting tradeshows all over the world for 15 years and not once have I been moved by anything other than product,” explained Skelton. “With this project I wanted to work with CIFF director Kristian W. Andersen and his team to create an environment and an energy that actually supports and amplifies the collections within the space as well as bringing an overall experience to the buyers that are attending.”
After a thorough exploration of the CIFF spaces, we picked out a handful of designers who caught our eye, speaking to them about their collections and experience at the ever-expanding trade show.