INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
TOP LOOKS FROM SCANDI FASHION WEEK
By Kasia Hastings, 31 August 2018
Just when you thought you’d had your last serving of SS19 style, a fresh slice of street-style inspiration has arrived courtesy of the Scandi lads at Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm fashion weeks. Sure, they brought the clean-cut minimalism that they are famed for, but this time around, fashion’s coolest contingent showcased a more avant-garde approach, adding interesting utilitarian pieces, bold accent colours and oddball accessories to their signature pared-back silhouettes. Here are the strongest Nordic looks to take your lead from.
Neutrally does it
Whether it’s the interior of their homes or their wardrobes, it’s well known that most Scandinavians live by the principle that less is more – that’s not to say these guys don’t offer up some serious style tekkers. Here we have the perfect example of how to stay true to that approach without compromising on all-important steez. This Copenhagen Fashion Week attendee kept the core of his look beautifully simple, tucking an oversized white tee into a pair of clean cream trews to create the perfect base for some more eye-catching accessories. He also just happens to be nailing the zany sportswear and neutral hues trends forecast for SS19. Props.
Arguably Copenhagen’s freshest catch came in the form of this fashion week fisherman. It may look like a fairly standard utilitarian getup at first glance, but this angler is taking menswear’s preoccupation with all things practical to stylish new depths. There’s no traditional fisherman knits here, this fella’s gone for a souped-up bucket hat with a strong orange accent, a reworked fly-fishing vest, crisp white tee and a pair of combat trousers to show us how to nail 2018’s Nordic rodman. He adds a classic tote bag for good measure and you can guarantee that he has some heat on his feet too.
You may have noticed that The Matrix is having a fashion moment. The film’s rave-ready, fetishistic all-black clothing has become a go-to reference for designers like Palm Angels, Hood By Air and Alyx who have all brought bondage-style garms back into vogue. This guy got the memo and is ready to go hard on whatever alt-universe awaits. Wearing black-on-black will always ensure an outfit with a lot going on stays on the slicker side of things, and here it helps this fella make a techy piece like a pocketed harness look like part of a carefully planned uniform.
It was a little breezier over in Oslo, but it’s cool because this camel-clad chap is clearly ready for autumn to arrive. Nothing says the leaves are about to brown like a caramel-coloured mac – combine that with a strong heritage check and tonal tan trousers and you’ve officially said goodbye to summer. There’s still room for some heat, though. The street-stylers in the Norwegian capital demonstrated some strong colour clashes and this guy’s contrasting red tee demonstrates just how to do it.