The scenery outside the Royal Theatre was nigh-on chaotic in the late hours during fashion week. Malene Birger had invited more than a thousand guests for her ten-year anniversary show with enormous international press coverage and respect from the royals.
Crown Princess Mary with sister-in-law Princess Marie assumed the first row on the balcony, and the lovely princesses radiated enjoyment throughought the exclusive show.
Malene’s star status has never shone brighter, and truly shot sparks when her talents on the catwalk, rolling before the royals’ stage sideviews, got the cheers sounding in the fine, old chamber to reach the boiling point.
10 years of winning designs in a great diversity, parts of which you were just about to have forgotten, made a return with edge and glamour. Wasn’t I just sitting there with a great view of AW/13’s coming best-sellers, yearning back to YSL’s first girl tuxedos, Catherine Hepburn’s inimitable wide trousers and the sex appeal of the most daring of pencil pants. And where was it, come to think of it, you’d last put your grandma’s ivory-and-sterling-silver cigarette pipe back home?
The sequins, with Malene Birger’s signature in party trousers, chemise, jackets or tops sparkling brighter than all the world’s other sequins can claim to, are and will always be the designer’s evergreens. Yet despite the evening’s abundance of bullseyes, the Garbo hat hit the pinnacle of femininity with its broad, bulging brim.
And then there was the finale salute with a cheerful Malene Birger herself on stage in favorite black and white under a rain of gold, on her way to an after-party in Stærekassen.
Next stop: Mallorca, to move her address to London, newly-wed and head-over-heels in love with her John. No wonder London is magnetic to our multi-talented designer, with its world of art (her drawings/paintings are worthy of notice) and hotel interiors could be a new challenge.