Acne Studios Women Autumn/Winter 2021 presented during Paris Fashion Week
With his autumn/winter 2021 collection, Jonny Johansson handed us that security blanket or stuffed animal we all need right about now longing for safety and comfort during this pandemic and a feeling of reassurance coming out of it. The security blanket stems from the Peanuts comic where the character Linus always had his blanket with him. In this case, the security blanket or lovey came in the form of fluffy frayed fabrics, styling like a cocoon, wrapping and enveloping the body for comfort, and the ceramic animals, a debut collaboration with artist Apollinaria Broche. In these unusual times, we all need soothing, the keepsake of memories and nostalgia, something telling us it’s going to be alright.
The designer echoes what we’re all also experiencing and thinking about “Living in isolation can often feel like a dreamscape and I wanted to express that in this collection. I was also thinking about what happens when we emerge and re-enter the world and how we are the same, but yet we are different.”
The first look walked out wearing a roomy wrap coat in floral print wool similar to a cozy night robe and holding tightly onto a ceramic cat. The next dreamy look was a head-to-toe pastel pink textured knit which felt like a much loved and worn teddy bear, one we want to hug and is hugging us back hopefully soon. This collection takes us through a dreamscape of pajama feeling floral pastels, pale shades, and draping neutrals, to a vivid reality of black and whites, long-sleeved linen dress, and sleeveless gowns. Oh, how we long to wake up from this lull and dress up to go out again.
For me, the accessories are always a highlight with Acne Studios, and this time they did not disappoint. The models carried the ceramic cats and dogs resembling stuffed animals as a handbag and the miniature version as earrings and chokers. And oh that shearling hat shielding and the oversize eyewear masking. Even the Musubi mini bag is updated in a denim look-alike leather with patchwork construction and denim detailed stitching, an ode to the brand’s original roots.
See below for some closeups of the details.
This collection will be available in all Acne Studios stores and available online on acnestudios.com.
photo credit ACNE STUDIOS