When Est got the chance to chat with world-renowned designer Malene Birger, we had to find out: how can there be so many cutting edge Danish designers? Is there something in the water? And if so, will they bottle it? Birger conceded that the winning combination is a union between functionality and beauty, a union which has driven the success of her popular fashion label and her latest endeavour in interior design.
In her book, ‘Life and Work’, Birger recreates living spaces in her notorious signature style: bold patterns, intricate detail and, as always, a focus on comfort and function. The work resulted in down-to-earth dwellings capable of accommodating a chic dinner party as they are a lazy Sunday afternoon tucked up with a good book.
With 150 dedicated travel days per year, Birger’s own work ethic is of note. She chooses to journey across the globe in an effort to ensure her designs remain eclectic; inspired by everyday life, life itself, people, conversations and culture. There is an air of independence about her. She wears her own line, inspired by her needs and wants for the season, most of the time; mixing them with vintage pieces she’s picked up long the way. “The best style advice, in my opinion, is that you shouldn’t and don’t have to wear the newest trends to be fashionable or well dressed.”
She says the spotlight should be on personal expression; on the wearer, not the piece of clothing itself. This theory extends all the way to her toes, the domain of another designer. “I have a LOT of shoes… but most are from PRADA, they fit my feet perfectly.” Beauty and functionality: in interior design, in architecture and in fashion.
Copenhagen Fashion Week delivers AW12 from 1-5 Feb. Keep up with the show schedule using this snappy Mobile App or read all about the collections as they roll out at Dansk Daily. We can’t wait to see what Malene Birger has created for AW12… meanwhile here’s her stunning SS12 collection.
BY Chauntelle Roelandts