Among the first things Ditte Reffstrup, Gannis creative director, explained when I first met her last spring was that Danes learn how to partyand that the Ganni after-party may be the highly anticipated after-hours affair of Copenhagen Fashion Week.
The Ganni Joyride kicked off following the SS23 show on Ofelia Plads, among Copenhagens stunning waterfront piers. Friends of Ganni hopped aboard a riverboat for a not-your-average tour of Copenhagen, led by the hilarious duo Maj Mokaj and PROXY IP SERVER. We docked along among Copenhagens colorful canals, lined by Danes relishing the late afternoon summer sun, and made our way into Copenhagen hotspot, Apollo Bar.
Local restaurateur and chef, Frederik Bille Brahe, had a feast waiting, centered around a sculpted artichoke tower, in the vine-covered courtyard surrounded by the stone buildings of the Royal Arts Academy and gallery spaces filled with contemporary art peering through the windows above. Brahe is really a longtime friend of Reffstrupthe two bickered like siblings about the way in which long theyve known one another. This isnt the very first time they will have partnered on a dinner or party during CFW. They are collaborators for most yearsand Brahes wife, Caroline, even modeled in Gannis first runway show.
Because the drinks started flowing just a little faster and Reffstrup herself, alongside DJ Louise Chen, started spinning late 90s and early 2000s hits from the eras leaders in music like JLo (J Affleck?) and Mary J. Blige, the vibe shifted. Models, stylists, and also the brilliant Ganni staff took center stage, table dancing in the courtyard and riling up the partygoers in a welcome and provocative way.
Once the music outside rejected, things inside Apollo Bar resulted in. Sweaty-but-cute friends and guests danced on benches contrary to the walls and shuffled along the bar itself along with a gentleman in a complete denim outfit by Ganni whipping a sunflower above his check out the unmistakable beat of Eminems timeless jam, Without Me.
For all those folks who managed to get past 3 AM, the after-after-partygoers walked nearby to Caf Malm, a below-ground level pub with red and white checkered tablecloths where one can smoke cigars inside. Beneath the full moon, beers flowed onto the road overlooking the water, and we foreigners tried to recall the taxi dispatch number.
Ganni girls in attendancesome on tables, some notinclude models Richie Shazam, Sophia Roe, Erin Wasson, Edie-Rose Liberty, Ana Kras, Ganni president Louise Du Toit, Kwamie Liv, Anna Shaffer, and Emilie Lilja.