Boozt stylist Rikke Wackerhausen draws her inspiration from the streets of the diverse district of Nørrebro in Copenhagen. Her Corona sweatsuit has become part of her everyday wardrobe, and she sees a big future for the princess frock this autumn. Here’s a chance to get to know her better.
When Boozt needs clothes to stand out in shoots, they call the acclaimed fashion stylist Rikke Wackerhausen. She’s known for her off-beat, creative approach to fashion and her exceptional talent for combining colours, patterns, and structures. Boozt followed the stylist around and asked her.
Can you take us on a guided tour of Rikke Wackerhausen’s life?
An ordinary day in my life is pretty humdrum, like lots of families with children. My husband starts the day by making me a cup of coffee. Then I wake my kids, make smoothies for them, and get them dressed. I’ve discovered that taking a walk has a meditative effect on me. So, when the children have left, I listen to a podcast on my headset and walk to the city or my photo studio, which I share with my husband. En route, I like to drop into Mirabelle on Guldbergsgade or Andersens on Møllegade and order breakfast or a coffee-to-go. We never eaten so much sourdough bread before moving here.
What prompted you and your family to move to Nørrebro?
We moved to Nørrebro a year and a half ago, partly because I love the local scene and its diversity. I lived in Nørrebro in the ’90s but lived in Østerbro for many years, so I feel like I’ve come home. I feel alive here. Flat-wise, we have - very fashionably - downsized and save a fortune every month on rent. What we save on the flat we enjoy spending on the many temptations offered by the district’s cafes, restaurants and wine shops.
“My life in Nørrebro is a huge influence on my work”
Do you find inspiration for your work in your local environment?
My life in Nørrebro is a huge influence on my work. Living close to people in a diverse neighbourhood, where new places keep popping up, really inspires me. The Middle Eastern shops on Nørrebrogade are particularly inspiring. In terms of style, there are so many different layers, which I’ve made my own and used in my work.
Did you always dream of being a stylist?
When I was at school, I thought I was going to be a journalist. But, since I didn’t want to go to upper secondary school, I had to come up with something else. My mother’s cousin had a clothing shop in Australia and twice a year she visited us during her shopping expeditions in Europe. I remember our utility room being packed with Chloé underwear, Kenzo, YSL, and Claude Montana frocks, and other far-out brands. It was a far cry from my suburban life. My mother was an accountant and my father was a sign painter. Everything was so extravagant and I really fell in love with the cosmopolitanism aspect of it all. There’s no doubt that it was my mother’s cousin who got me hooked on the idea of a future in the world of fashion. Things took off from there, and I’ve been in the business for more than 16 years.
Your personal style is casual and classic. Have you got a good tip for a more timeless wardrobe?
I have to be honest with you, my Corona sweatsuit has become a permanent part of me. But I’ve started to replace the top with a blazer, and I’ve rolled up my grey sweatpants and wear them with either sneakers or loafers. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s comfortable and classic at one and the same time. Right now, I’m experimenting and accessorizing with different coloured blazers, scarves, and knitted sweaters.
What trend should we look out for this autumn?
The princess frock! The oversized long dress will definitely dominate this autumn. And that’s great because it’s the easiest thing in the world to put on. All you have to do is pull it over your head and you’re ready to hit the streets.
Lives in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen with her husband and their two children.
She’s been working as a freelance fashion stylist for more than 16 years – six of them with Boozt.