Scandinavian couture, childhood nostalgia and balancing the second wave of feminism with early 90s style icons – these are the building blocks for Copenhagen-based designer, Julie Brøgger's label, Brøgger.

A journey through ready-to-wear to eveningwear – with no shortage of angular tailoring to subdued silhouettes – Julie’s collections bridge the gap between quintessential femininity and masculinity, while honouring pieces that teeter on the louder side.

This time last year, we saw Julie's debut Spring/Summer 2019 runway at Cophenhagen Fashion Week pay homage to H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark via regal-inspired bold dramatised patterns. Today, returning in her second season, the colour-blocked tailoring she's known and loved for was centre stage (exaggerated this season with a nod to the statement shoulders of the 1980s), alongside oversized pleated organza slip dresses, tailored trousers, androgynous shirting and delicate, rouched dresses that lend the brand international appeal.

What's the mantra you tell yourself first thing in the morning? 
Get up and get going! 

How do you take your coffee? 
Black and preferably drip.

If you weren't doing what you're doing now, what would you be doing instead? 
I would probably be a lawyer like my mum was. I actually studied law for a year before jumping onto the fashion ship.

If you could only keep one outfit in your wardrobe, which would it be? 
A blazer, white tee, jeans and sneakers. It is basically my uniform for work.

Who's one person you'd love to have dinner with? 
 I would love to have dinner with the late author Karen Blixen (Out of Africa, Seven Gothic Tales). She is from my hometown and was a renowned literary profile in the 1950s and 60s. I grew up with local tales about her and her eccentricity. She had a great look and immaculate taste. She was a bit full-on apparently and a bit of a snob, so, we would have oysters and champagne as that was her diet for the last 10 years of her life.

What's the main thing you would like to achieve this year? 
A successful Spring/Summer 2020 show and continued growth for Brøgger, and privately a holiday! I have not been on holiday for a very long time, so it would be nice to book one in!

Who would you want to record your audio autobiography, voice-wise? 
Karen Blixen again, then she could do both English and Danish, she had the most brilliant accent and tonation. Meryl Streep caught it perfectly in Out of Africa, so I guess she could do it as well.

Why did you end up doing what you do?
Fashion is the most fascinating cultural phenomenon. What else can transform and enhance you, your connection to the world and idea of self?

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More 8Qs:

+ Ashish Gupta:
"I fell in love with glamour at a very young age"

+ Eudon Choi:
"I am a big fan of the Great British Bake Off"

+ Osman Yousefzada: 
"Elizabeth I of England was a ballsy woman"