Copenhagen Fashion Week is roaring with a show schedule that is mostly live but connected digitally to maintain a global reach. And this season, the Scandis seem to be ticking all the boxes. To wit: a long-awaited Vogue Scandinavia launch featuring Greta Thunberg on its cover; show venues that speak to the history of Denmark—Saks Potts showed at Arne Jacobsen’s private home. Even the weather looks fabulous, bathed in Nordic light. The street style has also upped its ante and it appears that everyone is taking a page from one fashion house in particular—Stine Goya. Neon accents? Check. Prints galore? Check. Unabashed color and unexpected silhouettes? Check. Check.
Of course, to properly harness the power of color and print, it must come from a place of deep authenticity coupled with research and a dollop of taste. One cannot clash colors and prints until one’s eyes bleed. It must be done with a subtle hand; after all, a certain color can enhance a particular silhouette. Once again, Stine Goya proved that she is the doyenne of print and color. After all, if she can pull off a lavender-hued hallway in her British Vogue profiled home, she can also pull off a lime green dress. Punctuating it with high gloss beading sees it play with light. The citrus color breaks into a more seductive, succulent hue as opposed to a two-dimensional, garish matte.
The Stine Goya Spring 2022 collection is titled “How Much Can We Grow.” In the context of Covid and the current social and cultural climates, it’s a solid question. Many designers are tapped out from digging with both hands through their navels, reaching for a new, creative way to stay Relevant! Diverse! Sustainable! Inclusive! If you’re not, by nature, already a relatively good and evolved human, this can be a struggle. While many are still trying to get it together, Goya, who has long understood the power of collaboration (each show offers a smorgasbord of talents) used this collection to honor it. Music, film, poetry, and dance all came to the stage of the House of Goya to reveal a collection inspired by the Bloomsbury Set, a group of English intellectuals, philosophers, artists, and writers including Virginia Woolf. Several lived together and Goya pulled references from their eclectic interiors to inspire her prints. The grunge trend carried over—in particular new colorway check sweaters and vests of the same style adored by Kendall “this sweater gets me” Jenner and Hailey Bieber.
Meanwhile, the silhouettes that are typically Goya–particularly her dresses that slink when one walks and the voluminous dresses that remind of petals flitting in a soft wind stood firm. The “pajama set” suit was also there, elevated to a new level of chic with a hijab. There were some surprises though, the plum denim look with snatched waist was instant eye candy. To try Stina Goya is to adopt it; akin to entering into a long-term relationship that is both surprising and satisfying in its comfort. Only in this relationship, you’ll want to do anything but stay home.