Denmark has a long legacy with audacious design, and lately that’s becoming equally true for fashion. Henrik Vibskov, a graduate of Central St. Martin’s school in London, is one such promising menswear designer, hailing from Danish soil (in the countryside of Jutland). Having been a successful drummer since the age of 10 and an award-winning break-dancer at 12, Vibskov’s runway work possesses the same sort of brazen, beyond-his-years brand of determination.
Despite the more streamlined (read: classic) direction menswear has been revisiting, Vibskov’s man emerges the adventurer, unafraid of playing around with unexpected color, texture, and patterns. He carries off skinny velvet rocker pants with aplomb and a boxy ribbon-patterned jacket as if he were born for the runways of Paris. It is clear Vibskov’s vision isn’t always for the faint of heart (is there a man in possession of enough pluck to pull off a striped unitard or a pink suit?). Stripes or no stripes, this Nordic trailblazer has piqued our curiosity and proven he has exciting work to do on and off the runway.
Photographs by Shoji Fujii