Again and again, critics have declared the death of minimalism as a fashion trend; yet, season after season, Acne Studios continues to prove the naysayers wrong. Perhaps it’s Jonny Johansson’s fascination with architecture that motivates the utilitarian essence of his label, or maybe it’s nothing more than an innate Scandinavian obsession with functional design (think IKEA and Bang & Olufsen). In any case, regardless of what drives Acne behind the scenes, the label finds success returning to its minimalistic roots time after time — and this season is no different.
Spring Summer ’16 once again looks to the streets to rework what everybody is already wearing. Sweatpants, crewnecks, button downs and bomber jackets — the list goes on. The brand’s naming scheme is symbolic of its philosophy. Calling Oxford shirts ‘Isherwood’ and t-shirts ‘Chelsea’, Acne’s strength lies in its ability to transform what is ubiquitously in everyone’s closets into something both fun and unique. The clothes themselves look, as always, clean and light. There is nothing extra — nothing unnecessary: Acne trims the excess and in doing so miraculously makes it better. I suppose it’s just the Scandinavian way.
Acne Studios SS16 is now available at RSVP Gallery.