This collection was, according to Jonny Johansson, founder of Acne Studios, somewhat of a closing of a chapter in the history of Acne. For some reason, the brand started to develop, grow, and get more attention in the fashion industry, and eventually started to show their collections at Paris fashion week.
It is a small collection of 26 looks, minimal, rather timeless, and trade-mark Acne. The silhouettes are quite androgynous: over-sized jackets, blazers, and vests, worn with cropped suit pants, or draped velvet pants. The color palette is mostly restrained to black, beige, pale pink, and browns, but it also included some vibrant colours such as cobalt blue, mustard yellow, a leather vest in a blood-red color, and garments in metallic fabric. There is a mix of fabrics and textures; velvet, leather, denim, and with some pieces covered in a thin layer of tulle.
Elegance and class – Dior is usually all about these two elements but this year the famous fashion house presented a collection which was an exceptional amalgam of these two words.
Raf Simons, one designer whom hasn’t shown much interest in history before, was surprisingly inspired by different periods of time ranging from the enchanting Belle Époque, an era that fascinated the founder of the firm, to the twenties, and the day when man stepped foot on the moon. According to Simons, he wanted to show how certain periods influenced following ones.
The show was divided into eight sections, jumping from one century to another, yet the designer managed to combine the historicism of the collection with modern clothing. Simons presented an Haute Couture collection with wearable clothes for every day occasions. The long edwardian coats, the 50’s bar jacket, they were made more extravagant with shawl collars mixed with electric blue ankle boots that could still be worn by anyone at any occasion.
Overall, it was a captivating show: the rounded room filled with fashion lovers, the models made their way through the set to the sounds of Sonic Youth, presenting the pieces in a way which let everyone admire the construction and the intricacies of Dior’s Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014 collection.