5 Fall 2024 Copenhagen Fashion Week Trends We Already Want to Wear

Scarf coats aren't going anywhere.

A Ganni model wears a tailored denim blazer with a matching skirt while carrying a black bag in front of a plain backdrop
(Image credit: Stine Goya; Ganni; Remain)

Copenhagen Fashion Week has always been as much about the vibes as about the clothes. Tell a fashion person that you’re visiting the capital of Scandi style for fashion week, and they’ll reply with some variation of the following sentence: “Copenhagen is just so nice.” I got some variation of this at least four times before my departing flight from New York.

It's not just a platitude. In Copenhagen, designers understand that good clothes should have a life beyond the fashion week calendar. A large portion of the designers, like crowd-favorite Saks Potts and international juggernaut Ganni, are women-led–and it shows in the elegant functionality of their pieces. And this season, designers seemed to weave the feel-good attitude they’re known for off the runways, right into their collections. The biggest fall 2024 trends were proof that designers considered the actual feel of their clothes on the body, just as much as the way they'll look from afar.

“Designers offered up a warm hug through their designs, showing cocoon cape coats, voluminous layers, and cozy draping,” Nordstrom associate fashion director Linda Cui Zhang agreed. Collections shared an emphasis on lush textures and heavy layering; viral trends like briefs-as-pants and tomato red tights were in scarce supply.

Three women backstage at Skall Studio in a guide to the fall 2024 trends from Copenhagen Fashion Week

Backstage at Skall Studio, models wore monochromatic layered outerwear and thick knitwear—classics for a Copenhagen Fashion Week fall season.

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Copenhagen is also a hotbed for emerging brands with an art school renegade energy. (Think: Runways that double as dance performances and garments whose unusual proportions defy the laws of gravity.) Yet over the course of the week, a uniquely Scandinavian sense of function fused with everyday luxury ruled the narrative. “There is a sense of overall wearability in the fashions that were presented,” noted Julie Gilhart, president of Tomorrow, a fashion consulting firm. “Maybe a bit more ‘practical’ and less fantasy this season, but always containing the sense of craft that permeates the collections shown.” 

Copenhagen is the first city on the fashion month calendar, and its elegantly understated collections set an agenda to dress for yourself—not an algorithm—next season. Read on for five fall 2024 trends emerging from Copenhagen Fashion Week that aren’t just for observing through your phone screen. They’re for real life people.

Fall 2024 Trend: Sweeping Statement Coats

Three models at Copenhagen Fashion Week walk down a runway wearing draped statement coats

Coats at Mark Kenly Domino Tan, Rotate, and The Garment came with sweeping shawl and scarf attachments.

(Image credit: Mark Kenly Domino Tan; Rotate; The Garment)

Copenhagen Fashion Week guests walked away from the fall 2024 runways with one piece bookmarked to shop when collections finally arrive in stores. "A statement coat is high on my wishlist after seeing beautiful iterations from Saks Potts and Stand Studio," Zhang said.

While some designers dabbled in faux fur jackets and others favored leather trenches with trimmed collars, the dominant outerwear look came in muted wools and cocoon-like shapes made for bundling up. Coats with detachable scarves are already staples at brands like Helsa and Toteme; for fall 2024, Danish designers took the swaddle-adjacent template and dialed up the proportions. From my seat in the front row, I counted at least seven designers who coordinated an oversize double-breasted coat with a scarf or shawl draped over the model's collarbone and down the back of the piece. Highlights included Rotate's dark glamorous mafioso take in faux fur, plus a deep gray trench with extra-large lapels from Mark Kenly Domino Tan.

Fall 2024 Trend: Touches of Silver

three models wearing layered sweaters secured by silver brooches on Copenhagen Fashion Week runways

The understated accessory of choice at Aeron, Mark Kenly Domino Tan, and Skall Studio: a hammered silver brooch.

(Image credit: Aeron Studio; Mark Kenly Domino Tan; Skall Studio)

Attend Copenhagen Fashion Week for a few seasons in a row, and styling patterns will start to emerge. Nordic designers love layering a flouncy skirt over coordinating pants or jeans—the better for riding a bike along Copenhagen's winding canals on a chilly day—or pairing a frothy, cloud-like dress with bulky sneakers. The best styling, Nordstrom's Zhang notes, provides warmth and dimension at once.

This season introduced a new trick to the Scandi styling lexicon: securing a color-coordinated sweater or a draping shawl over a base knit with a hammered silver brooch. Artfully deployed touches of bold, metallic jewelry at Skall Studio, Aeron, and Lovechild1979, among others, "[brought] a light buoyancy to cold-weather layers," Zhang noted.

If doubling up on knitwear doesn't appeal, touches of metallic jewelry with a strong jacket can create the same effect: "Lié Studio had gleaming cuff bracelets that look great worn over a soft jacket sleeve," the Nordstrom expert recommended.

Three models at Copenhagen Fashion Week walk down the runway wearing elbow length gloves

Collections by Gestuz, Rotate, The Garment featured several models up their elbows in leather and taffeta opera gloves.

(Image credit: Gestuz; Rotate; The Garment)

Every rule has its exceptions, including fall 2024's lean toward understated styling and sophisticated basics. When so-called everyday dressing feels uninspiring, designers offered a one-step prescription: a pair of opera gloves.

Elbow-length gloves fit for an Edith Wharton anti-heroine have crept back into red carpet styling over the past few years. (Taylor Swift spent her historic Grammys night in a black velvet pair by Schiaperelli.) For fall 2024, opera gloves are bringing drama to more dressed-down outfits. Copenhagen designers pulled semi-sheer versions up over the sleeves of longline overcoats (at The Garment) and scrunched them beneath crewneck sweatshirts and lace skirts (Gestuz). But it wasn't all proverbial day-to-night styling: Rotate reserved their gloves for after-hours styling with plunging denim tops and semi-sheer beaded dresses.

a collage of three models from Stine Goya, Ganni, and Remain wearing pieces from fall 2024 to illustrate a guide to Copenhagen Fashion Week trends

Stine Goya, Ganni, and Remain reversed the trend taking over workwear for the past several seasons.

(Image credit: Stine Goya; Ganni; Remain)

On the eve of Apple TV's series The New Look, chronicling Christian Dior's rise in mid-twentieth century Paris, it seemed like Copenhagen designers had the house's classic Lady Jacket on their minds. Or, they were simply fatigued with season after season of slouchy blazers and trousers that dragged to the floor.

On the Copenhagen Fashion Week runways, fall 2024 suiting arrived tightly tailored with a ladylike bent. Midi skirts replaced single-and double-pleat pants; blazers were cinched at the waist and cut close to the body. Even designers that aren't known for 9-to-5 suiting tipped their hat to vintage tailoring. Ganni, opting for a sustainable virtual look book instead of its usual blow-out runway, cut a sophisticated double denim set with a nipped-waist cropped blazer.

Three models walk a Copenhagen Fashion Week runway wearing outfits styled with leather aviator jackets

Several runways made the case for slick biker jackets, including Lovechild1979, Saks Potts, and Remain.

(Image credit: Lovechild1979; Saks Potts; Remain)

On one end of the fall 2024 outerwear spectrum lies a pile of the aforementioned scarf coats, exaggeratedly oversized and possessing the energy of a cuddly Alpaca blanket. On the other end, a fresh batch of leather bomber jackets awaits.

Copenhagen Fashion Week's designers understand that plans don't freeze when the thermostat does. Their runways responded with slick, collarless leather jackets—proportioned for highlighting a great pant or a slinky dress when the wearer is out somewhere fun. Saks Potts dressed Stella Maxwell in a mini navy slip dress, fringe suede boots, and a boxy bomber jacket fit for a late night concert in Bushwick; at Lovechild1979, a final bomber jacket layer toned down the buttoned-up feel of an Oxford shirt and slouchy trousers. In Remain's case, the jacket style even brought sex appeal to a sweet, ankle-length dress with first day of work. (Contrast!)

Whichever coat style speaks most to you, the important takeaway is this: Plummeting temperatures don't have to be an excuse to stop getting dressed.

Meet the Experts

Linda Cui Zhang

Linda Cui Zhang is the associate fashion director at Nordstrom. She works with the Nordstrom team to curate the store's range of contemporary and emerging designers.

Julie Gilhart

Julie Gilhart is the president of Tomorrow Projects and CDO of Tomorrow, Ltd. She has held a range of roles in the fashion industry, including fashion director of Barneys New York.

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.