Stine Goya, Wednesday 1. February at 19:00

After last season’s sandy spectacle, Stine Goya’s return to the podium has been, to say the least, highly anticipated. In stark contrast to the pink sand that mimicked the heat of the Sahara, this season they took a trip to the wintery climate of the south, avalanching into a frosted landscape. 

The multisensory experience began when the guests began their journey, braving the cold as they ventured across the Danish capital on a cold winter night. Upon arrival, blue-tinted light filled the dark void of the industrial hall. A gentle echo of trickling water tickled against the ears. Tactile glass columns stood tall on a sleek white runway, centered with a water-filled core. Sitting in an uninsulated warehouse on a cold winter’s night, showgoers certainly felt a shiver. And although it might not have been blatantly obvious, the trope of ice was not merely a celebration of our beloved Nordic climate, but a sartorial homage to Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous female protagonist, the Snow Queen; a heart-warming tale (ironically) where good conquers evil.

In direct correlation to Andersen’s narrative, the show began with an immaculate presentation of dark styles, many of which were embellished with a silver chrome thread. The grungey palette provoked some chatter in the audience, where some guests expressed shock at the first sartorial offering. “Unexpected” was a word we heard uttered. As the show continued, the palette grew lighter, and it wasn’t long before one model who was characterized as the snow queen, slowly walked down the runway, impressing in a frosted floor-length gown. As she meandered between water-filled columns, they began to crystallize. Guests clamored to catch the visual surprise on their phones. This moment symbolized the famous kiss between Andersen’s Snow Queen and her dying love, where she saved him with a kiss. Characteristic of Stine Goya’s playfulness, the kiss was also seen in print form, combined with compelling textural details.

From this moment on, there was a sartorial change in the collection. As an ode to the modern-day snow queen, the collection continued to surprise with androgynous oversized coats and power-play blazers. At the same time, the design team maintained their brand’s reputation for elevated dressing with playful elements, notably seen in the ski-inspired dungaree straps and salopettes, details adorned on the dresses, and a dash of pink. While the sporty neon green did not directly correlate with the narrative itself, it represented a sense of joy that comes from love, and in Stine Goya’s case, the love they feel from design.

See the entire collection here