Shifting visions

Acne Studios FW21
Fashion | 4 March 2021

“I was thinking about what happens when we emerge from isolation, the same but also somehow different,” said Acne Studios’ Creative Director, Jonny Johansson, reflecting on his new collection for the Swedish label.

Unpicking the transition from the home isolation of the past year into a post-Covid world, Johansson began with looks that lean into the creature comforts of the home, the kind of relaxed, soft and slouchy pieces that have been second-skin lately. One pyjama-inspired look in blush pink was hand-bleached and overdyed to give it a worn-in appearance, while some looks appeared to be cut from teddy bear fur, with raw hem detailing evoking a childlike comfort. But then came a shift towards looks Johansson describes as “worn for rituals in our life cycle”: structured, practical garments ready for the outside world while deconstructed blazers and suiting eased us in gently.

The brand’s FW21 fashion film also plays with this idea, presenting a foggy, dream-like state of the past year of covid with a clearer future symbolised by VHS tape grainy effects footage intercut with clear digital shots.

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