Stockholm based label Acne (Ambition to Create Novel Expression) was founded by Jonny Johansson on a collection of raw denim with red stitching and impeccable cuts. Over time Acne started producing beyond their basic five-pocket jeans, making cool blazers and dresses from sweatshirt material and trim blazers and T-shirts with slightly scooped necks. They now show at London Fashion Week and for Fall 2012 Johansson took a cue from a trio of artists. The André Kertész’s beautifully distorted art , erotic sculptor Hans Bellmer and the painter Hanneline Røgeberg, who inspired the collection's palette.
Burgundy and black coats were sculpted out of shiny leather, playing with the idea of unusual proportions. Dresses were paneled together from flesh-toned pieces of fabric in organ-like shapes and of course almost all outfits were tightly belted across almost like armor. There were plenty of perforated leather pants and dresses that just added to the slightly mysterious and unusual aspect of the collection.
One of our favorite pieces was a Burgundy suit with extra long trousers worn with a nude and tangerine turtleneck. Style.com said it best when they summed up the collection, “On the whole, this collection served notice to anyone who still primarily thinks of Acne as a denim brand: They're playing a new game now, and they intend to play in the big leagues.”
Images VIA NYMag