Once again, Acne Studios Spring/Summer 2013 runway show was about pushing boundaries. A series of looks unique on their own while remaining connected to the collection’s core – MUSIC, COLLAGE and NEW were the ominous reminders strewn across models marching down the runway. Words reminding us of those uncertain high-school years, years where experimentation of the unknown, irrespective of its outcome, were tried and tested.
As the show got underway, innocent childhood tunes intermingled with the clash of heavy synth beats, a signal for the melting pot to follow. Wearable, perhaps not, though statement it was, the likes of over-size belt buckles, masculine knee-high gladiator sandals and doubled up cowboy hats were recurring details tying together the variety before us.
In terms of colour palette, nothing was forgotten. The same went for cuts and fabrics. Soft neutrals mixed with bold hansa yellow, jade and violet not forgetting strong injections of jet black. Floor-length floaty skirts contrasted with tapered tight-fitting trousers, peplum sleeves and structured leather ensembles. Crushed linen, nylons, washed silks and cottons were few of many fabrics to make an appearance.
Towards the end, as models made their exit to the sound of a revamped Abba’s Dancing Queen, the audience was left digesting all they had seen. So many looks, so many details, it’s hard to pick the season’s favourites. For now, we’ll let the buyers decide.