• Acne Studios Collaborates with Frédéric Malle to Launch Signature Perfume

    Written by Ulrika Lindqvist

    In a groundbreaking fusion of fashion, perfumery, and art, Acne Studios and Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle have joined forces to introduce a scent that embodies the essence of their shared creative vision. Renowned for their bold and unconventional approach to design, both brands have set out to redefine aesthetics by drawing inspiration from various artistic realms, including photography, architecture, and culture.

    The brainchild of Frédéric Malle and Jonny Johansson, the founder and creative director of Acne Studios, this collaboration marks a departure from traditional norms in both fashion and fragrance industries. With a commitment to absolute creative freedom and a multidisciplinary vision, the duo has unveiled a groundbreaking perfume: Acne Studios by Frédéric Malle.

    Since its inception in 1996, Acne Studios has been at the forefront of multidisciplinary creativity, challenging conventions and redefining contemporary fashion. Jonny Johansson, a self-taught designer with a background in music and art, brings a unique perspective to the brand, infusing each collection with a sense of experimentation and innovation. From its iconic denim styles to its meticulously crafted clothing and accessories, Acne Studios embodies a philosophy where functionality meets eclecticism, resulting in timeless and refined pieces that resonate with a global audience. Established in 2000, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle has been a trailblazer in the world of perfumery, dedicated to showcasing the creativity of master perfumers without any constraints. With over three decades of experience in the industry, Frédéric Malle has cultivated a reputation for excellence, pushing boundaries and reimagining classic fragrances for the modern era. Each collaboration with perfumers results in a masterpiece, reflecting Malle's commitment to celebrating creativity and innovation At the heart of the collaboration lies the expertise of perfumer Suzy Le Helley, whose talent and creativity have earned her acclaim in the fragrance industry. Trained at prestigious perfumery schools in France and Germany, Le Helley brings a unique blend of botanical knowledge and synthetic expertise to her craft. Inspired by nature and guided by her passion for botany, she creates perfumes that resonate with clarity and emotion, each one a testament to her mastery of the art form.

    The resulting perfume is a testament to the creative synergy between Acne Studios and Frédéric Malle. Infused with aldehydes, floral notes, and hints of incense, the fragrance evokes a sense of timeless elegance and modernity. From its initial crystalline breath to its soft and comforting undertones, the perfume captures the essence of Acne Studios' daring irreverence and Frédéric Malle's commitment to excellence.

    Acne Studios by Frédéric Malle will be available at select Acne Studios and Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle boutiques worldwide, as well as online through their respective websites.

  • Picnics, parties and women: the art of Caroline Wong

    Written by Natalia Muntean

    I use colours as flavours,” says Caroline Wong about her works. Lively, colourful, and exuding a sense of carefree joy and bursting with lazy decadence, her paintings are created simultaneously, mostly at night, in the company of techno music.

    Born in 1986 in Malaysia, Wong now lives and works in London, where she challenges traditional, restricted representations of East Asian women through her work.
    At the heart of Wong’s oeuvre is a celebration and vivid exploration of the female experience, their friendships and their pleasure. “Every woman in my pictures is a real woman,” she states. She takes multiple photos of models, friends, and acquaintances, and later brings them to life on canvas. Occasionally, Wong becomes part of her art, inserting herself into her paintings, blurring the lines between artist and muse. Wong’s choice of subjects is deliberate and personal. “I don’t paint men because I feel I don’t know that subject. So I paint what I know. I paint women,” she explains.
    As the show's title suggests, food is another central element in Wong’s art, symbolising indulgence and pleasure. “My art is very much tied to food,” she says, drawing parallels between the act of eating and the experience of creating art. Both, according to the artist, are about “giving into pleasure and detaching from the world.”
    In Wong's paintings, viewers are offered a voyeuristic look into the vivid world of women as they surrender to the pleasures of life, laughing, chatting, and eating in the company of each other.

    Picnics & Parties” is the artist’s first solo show in Sweden, after participating last year in a group exhibition “You Were Bigger Than the Sky, You Were More Than Just a Short Time,” and is on display at Gallery Belenius until 5 May 2024.

    Artwork photo by Graeme Duddridge and installation images by Ellinor Hall

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