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Nordic with an Arabian Flourish

A wardrobe crisis, her mother’s keffiyeh scarves, and a little perfect timing have seen young Danish designer Cecilie Jørgensen make a meteoric ascent in the fickle world of fashion.

Jørgensen, who is still only 22, now heads the eponymous label Cecilie of Copenhagen, and has become famous for her iconic print pieces, which are inspired by the emergency top she fashioned for herself in 2011 while still studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

‘It was one of those ‘I’ve got NOTHING to wear,’ moments’ laughs Jørgensen, ‘so I grabbed a couple of my Mother’s Arabian patterned scarves and made myself a new top to go out in. To me it was just a top. But everyone was like: ‘it’s so beautiful, where can I get it?’’

With a sensible business head on her shoulders, she completed her formal studies, but within six months was selling a small collection of clothing made in the iconic print, from the back room of her mother’s interiors shop to an eager crowd. It was a huge success, and set the stage for a rapid expansion, thanks in part to the huge resurgence of interest in the sleek lines of Scandinavian fashion design that has taken place in the intervening years.

Now, Cecilie of Copenhagen is stocked by the world’s most influential stores, such as Liberty, Browns, Boutique 1 and Parlour X, and demand shows no signs of abating, with relaxed tunics, off-the-shoulder tops and matching shorts flying off the rails.

Header & preview image: Pandora Sykes
Girl in blue shorts image: Whitta Heart
Girl in blue & white dress image: Style Drifter