Hold onto your ballet pumps and petticoats. Cecile Bahnsen just released her SS24 collection, a chiffon-heavy offering entitled Faraway, so close!. The Copenhagen-based brand – founded by its namesake designer – is predominantly known for its playful silhouetting and feminine detailing that fuses elements of couture and ready-to-wear, with this season being no exception. Intent on highlighting the intricacy of her craft, Bahnsen drew attention to the inherent paradox of couture clothing that appears effortless but takes years of specialist experience to create.
Presented in Paris on Wednesday, the intimate show let the elevated designs speak for themselves, sending a guests to shabby-chic cultural hub 35/37 for the show. A romantic palette basked in crimson and blush took form in 25 looks showcasing the wonderful whimsy of ruffles and ruching. Kicking off with an array of black and white dresses peppered with peplums, plumped skirts and swollen sleeves, the presentation showcased Bahnsen’s keen eye for contemporary shaping that feels equal parts emotional and ethereal. Exploring the dichotomy of elevating the every day, the Danish designer also reimagined functional materials like denim to create matching sets edited with red stitching and peekaboo ruffles.
The show even teased another collaboration with sportswear brand Asics, bouncing off the back of previous partnered releases including Bahnsen-ifed Gel-Nimus 9s and GT-2160s. Sending models down the runway in understated black kicks adorned with the label’s signature floral appliqués, the collab marks a shift to a more laid-back approach to footwear.
Romantic, distinguished and delicious; Bahnsen’s take on summer is one we can get behind.
Photography courtesy of Cecile Bahnsen.