London Fashion Week: Acne

Held on New Oxford Street, the crowds of Acne fans scattered all over the vast industrial space eagerly awaiting showtime. With red cocktails in hand, people took to their seats in front of mocked up walls covered in watercolor splatters that mimicked the veins of marble. The obtrusive exterior set the tone for what we were going to see on the runway.

Structure, color, and volume walked out in a range of dusty deep reds and grey neutrals, with pops of an unexpected lime green. The center of interest on Jonny Johansson‘s sculpted feminine figures was the exaggerated cinched waists that were bound in thick leather and trapped within the billows of fabric. The pieces gave off a casual yet extremely polished feel. With the narrow waists and the sleek lines of structured trousers, the clothes never felt frumpy; and created a pleasing contrast of elements.

Cues were successfully taken from surrealist artists like Andre Kertesz and Hans Bellmer. Overall, Johansson designed a beautiful collection that creates a captivating suggestion on how to dress for this upcoming fall 2012.

Photos by Amanda Hakan.

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