Copenhagen’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek set the scene for the By Malene Birger AW16 show; a centuries-old art museum full of granite columns, red brick and intricate marble flooring that provided the perfect backdrop – and contrast – to the modern, feminine collection.
As with SS16, this season’s collection took inspiration from the 1970s, but with a touch of a ‘20s silhouette. The show opened with a full fur coat belted at the waist, a turtleneck jumper poking out from underneath and Perspex ankle boots finishing off the look. This was a style that continued throughout the show, with mid-length tailored coats paired with fur stoles and cinched in at the waist a staple of the collection.
Stand-out looks included loose-fit suits with double-breasted jackets in grey melange, black and navy, worn with low-heeled pony hair boots cut down to the toe, and loosely-cut cropped jumpsuits worn over lace turtlenecks.
For the evening, creative director Christina Exsteen created unabashedly feminine, elegant pieces in the form of body-skimming lace dresses, pyjama inspired two pieces with embellished pockets that hung gracefully and effortlessly off the models, and one-shouldered dresses covered in jewels.
Along with the blacks, the greys and the navys, the colour palette was one of rich teal and burgundy, giving Autumn/Winter a fresh new look. Overall the collection was distinctly By Malene Birger but incredibly contemporary; expect the most stylish – and elegant – of women to be wearing these pieces next season.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images by Clare Potts