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Copenhagen fashion week kicks off with "tiny pleasures"

2010-08-12 07:24:35 GMT2010-08-12 15:24:35 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Models present creations during the media conference of Copenhagen International Fashion Fair at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, Aug. 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Lin Miao)

Backstage before the Spon Diogo fashion show Spring / Summer 2011 during Copenhagen Fashion Week in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Joachim Adrian)

A model presents a design from the Spon Diogo fashion show Spring / Summer 2011 during Copenhagen Fashion Week in Copenhagen, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010.

COPENHAGEN, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Copenhagen Fashion Week kicked off here Wednesday, with a fabulous opening show featuring "tiny pleasures" by Scandinavian designers for the 2011 spring and summer.

The fashion and color trends of the 2011 spring and summer collections, unveiled at the Fashion Week by designers from Danish and other Scandinavian countries, are all about "sharing" and "tiny pleasures," the fair's organizers said.

The show conveys the message that young adults in modern society seek to "construct a tender refuge to escape from the vagaries of the world," the organizers said.

This time, green, blue and verdigris are the favorite colors as trend setters view them as representing freshness, natural flair, and subtle harmony as well as a means to downplay the effects of the global financial crisis.

The 2011 fashion trends also place emphasis on classical elegance. Navy, black and anthracite as well as cross-cultural colors influenced by traditions of Asian countries like Japan, India, Jordan, Yemen and Turkey, reinterpret dressy essentials in a sophisticated yet carefree style.

The climax of the five-day fashion week will feature "The World's Greatest Catwalk" on Saturday on Copenhagen's downtown pedestrian street, Stroeget.

The street will be transformed into a long runway on which 220 models will walk about 1 mile (1.609 km) to beat the world record for the longest catwalk ever.

Helena Christensen, Denmark's very own supermodel, will be opening the catwalk in front of an expected crowd of 100,000 spectators.

Copenhagen Fashion Week, which was launched in 1964, now has become the largest fashion event in northern Europe, and takes place twice a year in February and August.

The organizers expect that 50,000 buyers, designers and global press representatives will attend the fashion week this year.

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