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Acne selects organic shades for spring/summer 2009
Dec '08
Acne for Spring Summer 2009 explored the innovative Bauhaus School of Design of the 1920s and early 30s, the influence of which is still the foundations of much contemporary design.

Bauhaus unified art, craft, technology and functional design. But it was the workings of the pivotal creative collective at the centre of the school that inspired Acne, drawing on the parallels to which they also work within the different areas of media and design. Also the legacy left by the Bauhaus – to harmonize the function of an object with the design of it – is respected by Acne and their concept of building collections as wardrobe capsules.

Acne's Creative Director, Jonny Johansson, has interpreted the Modernism in clean lines, graphic art prints and narrow silhouettes, both in menswear and womenswear. The garments have been engineered and worked with darts and cuts to create confident shapes. While the fabrics have been kept strong but simple, with modern touches, such as the combination of soft cotton, dark suede and a lurex knit.

In menswear, Johansson integrated the Bauhaus inspiration with the celebration of 1950s youth, which launched the teenage culture. Confidence was powerful and the decade was about rebelling, discovering sex and having fun. Significantly it was also the era when jeans became a serious fashion item. Nothing said rebellion like denim. But the emphasis of the collection is on the young and playful, giving the man back the boldness of his teenage years with the Bauhaus simple sophistication.

Luxury sportswear suited to dramatic landscapes, sits comfortably alongside statement lizard and snakeskin boots and strong indigo shades.

Womenswear has incorporated the group workings of the Bauhaus with the confidence of the 1980s and the contradiction of the “Urban Cowboy” tribes and their rendering of denim. Pieces have been deconstructed and conceptually cut, in reference to the initial creative process. The fearless attitude of the cowboy follows through the non-traditional placement of clothes, the low waists and strong fabrics, while the tightly considered colour palette recognizes Bauhaus colour grading. Womenswear Spring Summer 2009 is an organic, graphic collection, the emphasis of which is on experimentation andtwisting or breaking the rules. A true testament to the workings of the Bauhaus.

Acne started in Stockholm in 1997 when the design collective ACNE manufactured 100 pairs of jeans with red stitches that where distributed amongst friends and clients. Today Acne is an international fashion company, selling jeans, accessories and ready-to-wear in over 40 countries. The collection is represented at, amongst others, Colette in Paris, Opening Ceremony in New York, Liberty in London, Andreas Murkudis in Berlin as well as 15 Acne Studios in major cities throughout Europe and North America.


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