Sophie Lassen: Graduate from Kolding School Of Design showcased a classic, quirky and clean Menswear collection during Copenhagen Fashion Week. Here we talk to Sophie about her relationship to fashion.

Volt Café: Who is Sophie Lassen, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Sophie Lassen: I think my interest in fashion comes from my family, which is very creative. I grew up in Aarhus, Denmark with my dad and oldest brother who are both architects, my other brother works in Graphic Design and my mom who is among other things really good at knitting. She actually did all the knit for this collection!

VC: Your collection is called No.010111, what does this stand for?

SL: For this collection I was inspired by mug shots from the 1920’s and ‘30s and from those pictures I created a muse. No.010111 is both the number/name of my muse (inmate no. 010111) and it’s the date of when I started working on my collection. January 1st, 2011.

VC: What is your goal as a designer?

SL: My aim is to make beautiful and innovative clothes that you would want to keep for many years.

VC: Do you have any role models and muses?

SL: I certainly consider my parents to be my role models; they are the coolest and most generous people I know. As for my muses, it’s never just the one person; it’s a mix of people, things and inspirations that changes from collection to collection. As an example for this collection my muse was an inmate with an awkward relationship to his body.

VC: What is your relationship to trends?

SL: As a fashion designer I think the trends are important to keep in mind. But I don’t think that you should go look for trends, as you will never produce something original that way. I believe that if you are interested in the world

around you then you will automatically be a part of creating trends instead of just following them.

VC: What do you think about Scandinavian design?

SL: I was brought up around Danish design such as PH, Arne Jacobson, Hans J. Wegner etc. To me it represents quality, good materials, great craftsmanship and clean expression. And the tradition of Scandinavian design is a big part of my aesthetics. I love it.

VC: Minimalism has become significant of Scandinavian design. How do you regard Minimalism?

SL: I love a minimalist and simple silhouette, the fact that as simple as it may look, it’s often very difficult to create a clean and simple look without being boring. It has to be perfectly executed because there is no hiding behind weird shapes or extra pockets.

VC: Do you consider Minimalism to be a trend?

SL: No I don’t think so. I think it’s a look that happens to be popular now because we desire a clean palette as a contrast to all the chaos of the economic crisis.

VC: Is fashion still fun, new and innovative?

SL: Yes definitely, especially in menswear. I think what is happening right now on the menswear scene is very interesting and also that a lot has happened in the past 5 years. I think men are beginning to find a new and bold way of expressing their identity through clothes.

VC: How do you think fashion will develop over the next 10 years?

SL: I actually don’t know. I feel like it can go so many ways but I think the gap between mens and womenswear will get even smaller. One of the reasons for that might be that more women will design menswear.

Sophie’s 10 favorites

Designer – Raf Simons, Miuccia Prada, Rei Kawakubo, Phoebe Philo, Stella McCartney, Phillip Lim, Acne, Carharrt, Cos, Libertine-Libertine, Wood Wood.

Style Icon – The man on the street

Garment – The jeans, the shirt and the suit

Film – Batman (the first one), Lost In Translation, E.T, The Shining, anything by Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch.

Art – Mark Rothko, Juergen Teller, Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Margiela (who is an artist from my point of view)

Music – The XX, A Tribe Called Quest, Robyn, the old Janet Jackson, Kanye West, Hip Hop, Soul, R’n’B from the 90’s

Restaurant – I don’t have a particular restaurant but my favorite cuisines are Thai, Indian and Sushi, as well as traditional Danish food such as leverpostej (pate).

City – Aarhus, Copenhagen, NYC, Stockholm, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Berlin.

Cities I haven’t yet visited but I know I will love – Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago.

Boutique – Storm, Wood Wood, Peder & Stoffer, Dover Street Market, Colette etc. These are all great stores but I usually shop at Cos, H&M and vintage stores.

Saying – “We must become the change we want to see” -Gandhi

Photography – Peter Ravnsborg | Words – Emelie Hultqvist

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