Munthe: Democratic luxury

TIME & DATE: Thursday 9 August – 10.00
PLACE: Royal Danish Theater
Words Lotte Freddie

How can you top a fab collection like Naja Munthe’s autumn 2019, out later this month, when we all shall want its emerald green satin trousers and coat, the black trousers lined with contrasting gallons, and the coat in shiny green flowered patterned damask?

The answer is designing more must-haves. A daunting task that has been accomplished by the designer — producing ever more desirables.

Naja Munthe, who can celebrate an incredible 25-year anniversary as a designer next year, is the only Danish designer to still own her own company after such a time span. This remarkable achievement is only possible through an ability to combine business acumen with creative talent. Summer 2019, opened by super model Freja Beha, looks promising indeed, with flattering, gorgeous blood orange, peach and rose colours — they talk to each other, says Naja — in polka-dotted viscose chiffon ruffled dresses.  A new pattern, including a tiny M, is used in different colour combinations. Smart as blue lining in coats and beautiful in a white silk blend with a silver thread and tiny gold flecks.

Delicious sweaters in the finest quality mohair, blue or white, are striped on one sleeve with a little lurex bling. And, in spite of warnings, Naja insisted on including a really hefty hot orange burning in rather formidable cable knit and a maxi dress.

Light, loose shapes with flowing ruffles and ample sleeves — irresistible in a must-have glitter sweater — this was a strong collection. Laid-back cool with a luxury feel. Feminine and delicate, like the lovely blond designer herself, who succeeds in designing with her own age in mind as well as that of the 20-year-olds. You must come up with something unusual, she says about Bali-fauna-inspired prints. And all at “democratic prices” according to Naja.

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