Anne Sofie Madsen Pop-Up Gallery
B56 at Bredgade 56, Copenhagen, Denmark
Written by Melanie Beckendorff-Leavens
Anne Sofie Madsen is a Danish fashion designer known for her vision of showing the “well-known through the unknown and using traditional handcraft methods and couture techniques within ready-to-wear”. She has also trained under John Galliano for Dior in Paris and Alexander McQueen in London. In 2010 she launched her namesake couture-inspired collection during London Fashion Week. This winter, the cool fashionable store B56 at Bredgade 56 in the heart of Copenhagen expands with an Anne Sofie Madsen Pop-Up Gallery.
When stepping into the B56 store, located on Bredgade 56 (just a few minutes from the famed Konges Nytorv in Copenhagen), you will instantly feel a warmth rise inside you. At the launch event for the Anne Sofie Madsen Pop-Up Gallery, guests were welcomed with funky guitar tunes, wine and coolness all around. Incredible garments and shoes could be seen on all three levels of the store, along with the sight of unfathomably stylish Copenhageners. If you slavishly follow the latest trends, B56 is the place to be in Copenhagen.
You’ll find graphic garments, fur clutches, the colors of the season and shimmery shiny shoes to take you down the yellow brick road. And of course, you’ll find items from Anne Sofie Madsen’s latest collection. The Sedna AW12/13 collection features magnificent illustrations drawn by the designer. Madsen’s illustrations cover the walls, contributing to the dreamy atmosphere. Her work is executed with a refined understanding of mixing the elegant and delicate with the raw and voluminous.
On a side note, I encountered a fellow writer at the event: the grungy Pernille Sandberg. Dressed in high waisted pants and crop top from American Apparel, mesh vest from Forever Lou Lou, shoes from Acne and jewelry from her various travels around the world, Pernille fits right in. She knew about the store, but had never been before this ice-cold evening. That’s why she was thrilled when her magazine asked her to cover the event, and the fact that the fulcrum of the day was Anne Sofie Madsen was just icing on the cake. “Crazy awesome” is how Pernille accurately describes the work of Madsen, underlining her statement by pointing out that she dares to be more experimental than other Danish designers. I suspected that she is right. In short, fashion and art lovers will be robbing themselves of amazing and implemented impressions by not keeping an eye on Anne Sofie Madsen and B56 store.
(Special Thanks to Aram Ostadian-Binai)