Author: Henrik Vibskov
Henrik Vibskov, one of those who have put Denmark on the fashion map, the cult name of the moment, is one of the world's most visible young fashion artists whose work is never finished with the designing of a new collection: it is always wrapped inside layers and layers of every kind of manifestations and forms of creativity. While Vibskov surprises, provokes and entertains, he never loses his cool judgment and practical approach in his eccentricity. This year, the jury of Sweden's Röhsska Museum Prize acknowledged the designer as an influential avant-garde figure in the contemporary fashion industry, awarding him a prize of 1.000.000 Swedish Kronor.
Henrik Vibskov is appreciated in Sweden; his menswear collection is eagerly anticipated in Paris; a Hv store has opened in New York: looks like a global Hv pandemic is on its way, engulfing, among other places, Riga, the Latvian capital - which is exactly where Henrik Vibskov's latest project has taken him.
In May 2011, the designer started to work on the costume design for War Sum Up, a new project by the Hotel Pro Forma company (Denmark), scheduled to premiere on 2 September 2011 at the Latvian National Opera.
The arterritory.com art and culture portal caught up with Henrik Vibskov after a day of intense work at the costume department of the Latvian National Opera; after the interview, the artist was asked to name some of his favourite Copenhagen destinations which he would recommend to the users of anothertravelguide.com.
Although almost in danger of being late for his plane back to Copenhagen, Henrik kindly - also determinedly and without a hint of hesitation - wrote down a list of eight favourite spots in his city.
The following are eight favourite spots and routes chosen by a true Copenhagen insider, the pride of the Danish fashion scene that is the avant-garde designer Henrik Vibskov. Who knows, your paths through Copenhagen may coincide some day - unwittingly, you could just bump into each other and end up having an espresso at the same coffee-bar counter.
The Old Mate coffee bar means good coffee, col beer, light snacks and, every here and there, examples of the geometric flight by some graphic artists.
The Bankeråt cafe is the hangout of local students, the artsy crowd and guys from the pizzeria across the street; the staff, mirroring the menu, represents a motley mix of nationalities.
Market Saturdays in the vicinity of the Fredensborg Palace may evolve into a sensual Danish-style gastronomical adventure.
The Storm Fashion concept store won Denmark's national fashion award as the best fashion retail space. Well-known names, the likes of Dries van Noten, Ralph Lauren, Comme des Garçons, Kitsune, Visvim, Raf Simons, Chloé, Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann are represented here.
1 St. Regnegade
Henrik Vibskov Boutique
This is Henrik Vibskov's own home-grown pet project. Apart from the rhythm of colours and lines by the Danish enfant terrible, the boutique features a mixture of street and avant-garde fashion by other like-minded Danish designers.
An art gallery that strives to challenge the viewers, the accepted standards and itself. V1 Gallery has chosen quality and daring as the two only criteria defining its activities.
What better way to get to know a waterfront city than a boat tour along its water seams, passing by all of its ports and wharfs? The canal tour offers an opportunity of wonderful recreation while tracing the city's contours, helping to figure out how it's put together geographically.
Christiania is a hippie community, a separate unofficial state with laws, traditions and a National Museum of its own. The current residents of the Freetown have been populating this area of Amager since 1970s when a group of Copenhagenites broke down the fence of the abandoned military barracks to claim the land for public use; the New Society movement of hippies and other alternatively-minded people happened to be looking for a location suited for their summer camp at the time. And so Christiania was born, a place where all members of the society enjoy complete freedom.
For the interview with the fashion artist, visit www.arterritory.com.
Photo: Henrik Vibskov Boutique in Copenhagen, www.henrikvibskov.com
Keywords: Copenhagen, Denmark