Paris Fashion Week Coverage: Acne Studios Spring 2016 Collection

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Fashion and music have shared an inextricable link from time immemorial to the point where untangling the origins of influence leads to a circular “chicken and egg” argument. Suffice it to say they have long been informing each other, whether it’s Ziggy Stardust’s glam-rock androgyny or Miley’s absurdist psychedelia. For Spring/Summer 2016, Acne Studios explored the relationship between rock goddesses and their wardrobes with a literal interpretation that saw chrome and plexiglass guitar replications pressed atop tomboyish blazers, “guitar strap” harnesses criss-crossing many looks, and circle prints that resembled CDs emblazoned onto cut-away tops. While Acne has long championed cool urban staples, this mix is more character driven, finding familiar associations with stars 1980s like Grace Jones (who, at the age of 67, is still making headlines for her rock ‘n’ roll antics) and Blondie – hence the strong-shouldered cut of Acne’s blazers and crushed velvet skirts.

Acne Studios explored the relationship between rock goddesses and their wardrobes with a literal interpretation of styles.

If you’re the leggy type, Acne’s blazers-worn-as-mini-dresses were an easy sell, especially when decorated with oversized snakeskin pockets and contrast lapels. Mesh knit sweaters with color-blocked patches and chewed-up, wide-knit tops were also effortless pieces to incorporate and found cool counterparts in comfy little crushed-velvet mini skirts or cropped tweed trousers. Some pieces were a little more difficult to pull off, especially in the case of body-conscious, deconstructed looks that were strapped down with buckled harnesses and paired with shorts so tiny it was like wearing a bandeau around one’s hips. Aside from the menswear neutrals in the collection, there were blazing psychedelic prints that jolted across slim tees and eyebrow-raising thigh-high snakeskin trainers in shades of jade and fire-engine red. In Acne Studios clothing, the rock ‘n’ roll crowd can make its associations known in an instant, but if your affinities lie in a different musical genre it doesn’t matter. Contemporary cool knows no restrictions.

Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree

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