Acne Studios: Ready-to-wear SS17
The next line is one we’ve probably busted out more than once, but it’s been a while since we last used it, and never has it been more apt that when applied to Acne Studios’ SS17 collection. This was like an antelope galloping across the plains of the Serengeti, elegant and effortless. The other comparison would be an Afghan hound. But as far as I know, those neither gallop or can be found in the Serengeti. The reason for these random animal comparisons is not that the collection in either way resembled them, lets not be obvious here, more that the long flowing lengths of silks that made up much of this remind us a) of an Afghan hounds silky fur, the way it moved of an antelopes elegant gait. To be honest, returning to the Serengeti mention for a moment, this does have a sense of Bedouin about it, when they travel across the desert wrapped in those many scarves. Which probably isn’t the most random idea we’ve come up with, seeing as the first line of the press release said, an we quote, “it is interesting to me that even though we live in a digital age with a free flow of information, there are many countries who want to close their borders. I prefer to focus on opens and looking out into the world”. Interpret all of this as you will. Anyway, back to the clothes, they were long, as we said, a sea of embroidered layers. Tunics worn over widish, cropped trousers, over which were placed jackets. Oversized and boxy, tied at the waist with a simple ribbon tie, almost bed jacket like, or is the phrase kimono, you’ll just have to take our word for it, or Google if you’re not convinced. Seams were raw, imbuing the whole with a sort of organic, almost homespun sense. Think of the Acne woman as a nomad, trekking some dusty trail awash in a palette of elegant, sun burnt hues, travelling from one land to the next. A modern day nomad for a new digital dawn.
Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans