Copenhagen Fashion Week SS 2012
As of late, Mercury has been anything but retrograde for fashion designers in Copenhagen. The well received and indisputably successful Copenhagen Fashion Week SS 2012 wrapped on August 7th and has seen its fair share of press – not bad for a second tier fashion week that only began in 2006.
Anne Sofie Madsen was the official opening show of the packed week, and rightfully so with couture like ready to wear paneled, printed and textured pieces that no doubt reflected the designer’s talents in illustration. The reconstructed vintage vibe of Trash Couture held an intense sculptural and textural focus that was hardly boring and consummately executed thanks to innovative vision and commendable craftsmanship. Also heavily featured in global headlines was eccentrically innovative avant-garde designer Henrik Vibskov, who brought his workwear inspired collection to life on a catwalk featuring a stage complete with rotating doors that led to a series of makeshift factory rooms, supported by an abstractly industrial soundscape.
Perhaps it was in this spirit of Fashion Week that the Danish Postal Service, Post Danmark, approached Silas Adler of Danish menswear label Soulland, based in Copenhagen, to create their very first ‘fashion stamp’, or perhaps it was due to the admixture of traditional Scandinavian craftsmanship and modern day aesthetics that Soulland so bodily possesses. Either way the stamp was first designed and sketched by Adler and then made in intaglio print – in other words, engraved by hand.
Formally unveiled on August 4th, the design features menswear accessories, and the aesthetic speaks in the same tone as the designer himself: “For me, menswear is about taking away and removing everything that is not necessary in order to reach a core.” With studied spacial harmony and precision detailing, the stamp is a collection piece for the mildly fashion obsessed or anyone who is fascinated with printing and the process of design. I personally sent my sister to Denmark to score a few for myself (fine, she was going there anyway) and once received, my stamp can expect its own frame and a place on the mantel.
Check out this equally spectacular video on the making of the Soulland Stamp here.