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Henrik Vibskov: “Paris is the biggest fashion week in the world, with a completely different set up – everybody is here”

All the catwalk images and an exclusive interview with the Danish designer after his 30th show at Paris Fashion Week.

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Words Tsemaye Opubor Photography Victor Jones

Describe the AW18 collection.

– The inspiration for this collection came during a trip to Kanasawa, Japan, Henrik Vibskov says. I saw an art piece by Jan Fabre, The Man Who Measures the Clouds. It was very poetic, the idea of measuring something that couldn’t be measured and it became an important idea and inspiration for this collection. I discussed this concept with the team about how we try to measure everything just to be able to make sense of things. For instance size, height, weight, distance, and time. The idea of measuring, analysing, comparing and categorising things can become bigger than the subject itself. The key pieces in the collection are many of the printed pieces with the words “measurement” on them. There is an orange and blue and grey coat that has a fabric that I really like a lot. Also some of the woven pieces that are longer with contrasting striped borders are also key pieces this season.

Why is it important for you to show in Paris?

– This show is an anniversary for me, I think. I haven’t really checked but I think that this might actually be my 30th show in Paris. I actually ended up here by coincidence – it wasn’t a goal or part of my business plan when I started my brand. After my studies at Central St. Martins and my return to Copenhagen, I participated in the Hyères festival in France. I met the president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine and he encouraged me to show in Paris. I found a press agency that was interested in helping me organise my first show, and that’s how it started. I’ve been presenting the collections here ever since. Paris is the biggest fashion week in the world, with a completely different set up than fashion weeks in other places. Everybody is here.

What’s the most important thing for the Henrik Vibskov brand in 2018?

– We are going to have to move the studio from our location where we have been for years. This is a big change. It’s an internal thing, and it fills up a lot of my thoughts.