Ah, the wait for ACNE Studios Fall 2014 is on. Now that summer is here I can officially start hoping and wishing for the cold fall and winter breeze to hit. More importantly, we can’t wait to get into ACNE Studios and play dress up in their FW2014 collections! I need to hand it to Jonny Johansson. He, and everyone that made ACNE possible, should be proud of the quirky beast they’ve created. They are one of the few fashion brands that have managed to bring together class/sophistication, street smarts, and the avant-garde. You have to admit their gear is just badass right? They ended up ignoring the 21st Century Ice Age hype for the Fall collection, took some risks, and are ready to reap their rewards in a couple months. Thank god.
You can easily see that for women’s ACNE Studios Fall 2014 line they’ve doubled up on their streetwear roots to create a hard-hitting and intelligent collection. The new culottes, jackets, and those super cute wavy sweater dresses are just perfect. I’m very excited to get Miki into their LA shop to test drive the new pieces. As always, they’re runway show may make the collection look difficult to wear, but if you just pick apart the looks you’ll find that many of the pieces will fit perfectly into your hard edged, minimalist wardrobe. I mean, what girl wouldn’t want to wear those trousers with the oversized pockets to work? Ok, maybe it’s a bit much for some, but that’s ACNE. They’re weird, their fitment is not always normal, and their color palette can get straight up strange. Fashionista even called it Ugly-Chic (in a good way). Ok, let me get to some more praise. On color, you’ve got your standard black and white, but they’ve thrown in a lot of vibrant blues and oranges to help blend you into the Fall foliage, yes! To be honest, I’m most excited about that sleeveless navy drawstring anorak (below). Actually, I’m pretty much excited by anything navy nowadays . That sweater pictured above with the extra long sleeves is deadly gorgeous as well.
Apparently, the opening of their store in Downtown Los Angeles is supposed to have had an impact on the concept and design of this collection. The color palette, wave patterns, and slouchy silhouttes were influenced by the time Johansson spent in LA, putting the store together and enjoying his leisure time on the beaches and in the sun. I’m just happy that they put it in our neighborhood. If any of you are ever in the area, you should definitely head in and check it out! They’ve got that intense blue carpet, terrazzo floors and untreated aluminum everywhere. The place is just so damn luscious; I wouldn’t mind having Andreas Fornell, the Swedish architect of the store, come by and talk shop on design and inspiration. You can tell they held nothing back in the stores creation, which is also the largest ACNE location on the planet as of now at 5000 square feet. So stop by, check it out, and stay tuned for more.