Blink Events: Roskilde Festival, Denmark part 1

Our wonderful intern, Rebecca, was at Roskilde festival, held in a field about 40 minutes drive outside of Copenhagen. Here’s her account of the event, and we have some great style shots to follow tomorrow…

The festival is pretty commercially focused, and this year’s line up featured some really big names with Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Strokes and Portishead all making appearances, but its primary focus is still on showcasing new, smaller names. Portishead played an amazing set on ‘the Orange stage’. This stage is the biggest at the festival with a capacity of 60,000 people. This stage has been designed to represent the logo of Roskilde festival, and was actually originally the Rolling Stones’ tour tent- a nice bit of recycling by the Roskilde team! Another great concert was the Charles Bradley gig, which was on one of the smaller stages. The band created a really relaxed and harmonious atmosphere which was really cool after some of the more hectic shows. Overall, the crowd was very mixed, with a slight majority of indie/rock fans, a fair amount of hip hop fans as well as a rapidly growing segment of electro/house fans.

The atmosphere at Roskilde was, as always, very relaxed, friendly and fun. It is, in many ways, a continuation of the hippie traditions and mindsets that founded the festival 41 years ago, and all profits go to charitable causes with a promise from the organizers that it will all be allocated before next year’s festival. The tree like, wooden constructions on some of the pictures were made by architecture students. They were really beautiful and great to hang around and sit on. The festival organizers work really hard to create an atmosphere that feels really calm and safe, with a big emphasis on encouraging the festival-goers to avoid drugs, go easy on drink and instead focus on the brilliant music.

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

Roskilde, Denmark

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Blink Events: Distortion, Copenhagen

So, day three of the coverage from Distortion and its the last hit of festival streetstyle for now.

Its about great knits today, and a smattering of leather and denim too- well, it wouldn’t be a festival without some cool denim now would it? It is refreshing that the denim isn’t purely about cut offs. The knits are textural and quirky, with a touch of vintage chic- the poncho is both fashionable and functional in Copenhagen this Summer it seems, working very well with a key Copenhagen accessory- the bicycle!

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

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Blink Events: Distortion, Copenhagen

So, here’s the second post from Distortion, featuring some of the best colourful and patterned looks that we spotted. There’s an inspiringly broad stretch of styles, as you’d see at any festival, but obviously with a Danish twist from this Copenhagen based event. Jumpsuits and playsuits look great, but our favourite shot of all is the stunning lady in red…

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

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Blink Events: Distortion, Copenhagen (guest post by Rebecca Krasnik)

I’m Rebecca and I’m an intern here at “Blink London”, helping out with collecting, selecting and retouching all the creative and inspiring stuff for the monthly reports. I am a photography student at University of Westminster on my first year of the Bachelor degree. I just moved to London in September 2010 from Copenhagen and I find it very exiting to live, study and work in London. It is such a vibrant and inspiring city.

Now I am back in Copenhagen for a long weekend to join all of the party-happy people at the amazing city centre festival, Distortion.

The festival is all about experiencing Copenhagen in a new way, having fun and dancing to good club music. This is exactly what people have been doing from Wednesday afternoon until Sunday (June 1st-5th), with big block parties in the streets all around Copenhagen, focusing on a new neighborhood each day. Every evening Club Clash gathers everyone up for special club nights in spectacular locations in Copenhagen, with loads more music, dancing and general partying until the early morning.

Artists from both the Danish and the international club scene played at this year’s Distortion. Some of my favourite artists playing were Theo Parrish, Crookers, Mathew Jonson, Acid Washed and Uproot Andy.

Distortion has been celebrating Copenhagen street life and club culture since 1998 and has been growing and growing in popularity year on year. This year the amount of guests has surprised everyone with more than 100,000 people in the streets every day. The atmosphere has been full of joy, really relaxed and pretty calm. The weekend of the festival, surprisingly enough, had a lower crime rate than in a normal weekend in Copenhagen (six people got arrested throughout Distortion!).

In celebration that the sun is shining again after a long and dark winter, everybody is working their new Summer outfits. It’s pretty clear that this is to be a Summer of bright colour. I spotted lots of bold colour combinations but also some really striking solid colour looks too. We cannot deny that it is a Nordic country and it gets chilly in the evening, even in the height of Summer, so the Danes know how to keep themselves stylishly warm too, so there’s some great knitwear and layered looks too.

Here are some shots to help you feel the atmosphere of the event, and over the next couple of days there’ll be some style shots for you to enjoy too. Can’t wait to be able to share more festival coverage with you soon…

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

Distortion, Copenhagen. Images by Rebecca Krasnik

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Blink Travels: The Long Walk in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Fashion Week is no longer just called Copenhagen Fashion Week. With tourists and Copenhageners invited to join in by attending ‘The Worlds Greatest Catwalk’ event and other shows embracing a more open and public friendly stance, it is now also known as the Copenhagen Fashion Festival.

On August 14th, Danish underground DJ, Djuna Barnes delivered colorful and upbeat music whilst more than 200 models, celebrities, babies and ballet dancers began the 1.6  km long walk along the hot pink catwalk, creating a new world record! Starting at Rådhuspladsen down Copenhagen’s biggest shopping street ‘Strøget’ and ending in Kgs. Nytorv, this event showcased Danish and Scandinavian SS’11 collections in a really celebratory way. Forever supermodel and great Dane, Helena Christensen was the hostess for this event and several shops in Central Copenhagen donated 1% of the days income to Chernobyl Children’s project International.

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The World's Greatest Catwalk, Copenhagen

The World's Greatest Catwalk, Copenhagen

The World's Greatest Catwalk, Copenhagen

The World's Greatest Catwalk, Copenhagen

The World's Greatest Catwalk, Copenhagen

The World's Greatest Catwalk, Copenhagen

The World's Greatest Catwalk, Copenhagen

The World's Greatest Catwalk, Copenhagen

Blink Travels: Danish Design School

It was Fashion Week in Copenhagen again, but the weather clearly doesn’t care about the fashion crowd and their carefully created looks at all. It has been heavily raining on Copenhagen’s stylish streets. Nevertheless, people are still dressing up and the shows are carrying on regardless.

Asta went to the Danish Design School‘s show in the old meatpacking district. There were 14 students showcasing their collections. As with any design school the quality levels and aesthetics were very mixed. We spotted a few looks that we loved and wanted to share them with you.

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Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Danish Design School's Graduate Show

Blink Travels: Hot Danish

So, after the festival frenzy of the past few weeks we now have a week free to feature the great coverage that the lovely Asta has been sending us from Copenhagen.

Its a supremely stylish city at the best of times. Yes, you have probably gathered from previous posts that we have a crush on Copenhagen. When Copenhagen Fashion Week comes around the style quotient increases even above and beyond this city’s usual high standards.

We are starting this week with a few streetstyle shots from around and about CPH Fashion Week. Asta spotted some really lovely looks for us that reflect the feel of Copenhagen style really well. Its about an understated style that is more individual than big name, more eclectic but not so vintage, quite detailed but not overly complex, glowing scrubbed cheeks rather than knee deep in make up. And doesn’t everyone just look so damned healthy!

Enjoy and click here for more posts from beyond London.

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Copenhagen streetstyle

Blink Travels: OMG CPH

Our brilliant “Blink” contributor, Asta, has headed to Copenhagen for the Summer (we are not at all jealous… much!) and to our delight she has agreed to do a little work, capturing some of the spirit of this stylish city and sending it back to us. And here we are sharing it with you!

So, in the real world, its full on Summer so we have some great sunshiny looks for you. However, in the retail world its Autumn, so get ready for some seasonal schizophrenia in the next few reports and over the next few weeks on the blog.

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Blink interviews: Nuit Comme Oui

Our brilliant “Blink” contributor, Asta, was in Copenhagen the other week and caught up with Natasja Qvitzau Lund, owner and creator of Danish brand, Nuit Comme Oui which is a small, conceptual womenswear label founded in 2009. The core brand aesthetics are based around the concepts of origami. All designs are folded from a square of fabric, creating experimental and innovative draped effects.

Do you ever consider commerciality, or is your work purely driven by creativity?

I think I just try to run those two things together. To involve creativity in the commercial part and the other way around. It is clear that I am a commercial designer in the sense that I am trying to sell my clothes. I myself am driven by creativity. It’s the one thing that keeps me going. I would only do this as long as I think it’s fun and it’s the creative part that’s the fun part.

What’s currently inspiring you?

Origami is my continuous inspiration. It is the actual concept, which provides the framework for my universe. It occurs both in the design process, on logo hangers, in the styling for photo shoots, and in the brands philosophy.

The reason I chose the notion of origami as my concept is mainly because I find it interesting to experiment with the contrast between sharpness, geometric shapes and forms and softness of materials.  I use no trims, the clothes must be symmetrical. All my designs arise from a square piece of cloth, folded into something. If I know from the start that I want to make a jacket or a dress, I’ll have to fold my way. There are many challenges in it. Partly I have to note whether it falls neatly on the body and that it plays well altogether as a piece of clothing, obviously I need to assure that it is possible to move around in it.

Any future projects that you would care to tell us about?

Currently I am working on a project together with a band called ‘Farven Fornem’. In the project I design a performance outfit based on my interpretations of their music. I am also in dialogue with other musicians about performance outfits. Performance is one thing I would like to work more with in the future. Involving my brand concept in another context, is a challenging and exiting thought.

In addition to this I have plans to make another collection with the graphic designer Karen Segall, but this time it will be  an entire limited edition collection, only in print.

What would your alternative career have been?

In fact, I’ve always wanted to become a designer.

What’s your proudest career moment so far?

Starting Nuit Comme Oui, and the fact that it is actually still running. I have always had some idea that I would have my own label one day but I never imagined it being this soon.

Natasja, founder of 'Nuit Comme Oui'

A collection of inspiration objects in the studio

Natasja in one of her origami inspired jackets

Nuit Comme Oui

Nuit Comme Oui

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Blink Travels- Great Danes

Here’s a little postette from my recent trip to Copenhagen. We’ve renamed it the “City of Beauty” and that’s a name that applies on so many levels, let me tell you. Its my second trip to Copenhagen and I fell in love with the place, the people and the lifestyle all over again. What could you possibly fault about a city were people can leave their bikes unlocked all day long and still find them where they left them?

Aside from the joy of safe bicycles, Copenhagen has a deliciously laid-back vibe about it. The buildings, the brands, the people are all beautiful but in an unselfconscious way. We came back with slightly cricked necks after staring at all the beautiful boys!

This trip we stayed at Hotel Fox. Its not only well priced in a very pricey city (the one negative point), but it’s also centrally located and really very cool. The bedrooms are all uniquely designed and decorated by artists. My small but perfectly formed room was ‘The Traveler’, designed by a Brisbane based design collective who opted for a dreamlike, calm neutral theme. My colleague was given the ‘Red Rum’ which was an intensely red scheme from a Norwegian creative. It was only as we checked out that the receptionist informed us that the room’s name spelled ‘murder’ backwards! Thank goodness he waited until we were leaving…

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Hotel Fox lobby & reception

Hotel Fox lobby & reception

Hotel Fox, one of many carpet designs

Hotel Fox, one of many carpet designs

Hotel Fox, lift interior

Hotel Fox, lift interior

Such stylish boys...

Such stylish boys...