Acne Studios said: reject modernity, dress like a caveman. The brand’s Menswear FW23 collection, which debuted in Paris earlier today, featured rustic fabrics, earthy tones, and an aesthetic reminiscent of the good old days. And by old, we mean old.
NEANDERTHAL CHIC IS BACK
Enough of the Y2K revival; we want something truly vintage, and Acne is delivering. Whilst the collection was as usual of the highest quality, it had a rugged, worn-in aesthetic that transported us to a time long ago. With knitwear dyed in a mottled kaleidoscope of colour and suede trousers thoughtfully discoloured at the knee, the collection played on natural imagery and an earthy aesthetic that simply makes you want to step out and hunt your next meal.
THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING
Western influences have been teasing their way into fashion over the past few months, and Acne Studios is lassoing in a piece. Featuring classic luxury leather cowboy boots tucked under faded denim jeans and black chap-style embellishments adorned with studs, there’s certainly a touch of cowboy influence which marries well with the caveman-chic.
BAGS ARE REALLY THE STAR
The collection features a spectrum of bags, from sporty to luxury. The Musubi bag ultimately steals the show, a silhouette we know and love from Acne, but this time with a bejewelled makeover that’s simply showstopping. Another shoulder bag is decorated with deep-blue ribbons, evoking a tousled, worn look, and juxtaposed by the modernity of a leather, pink-accented bum-bag.
ACNE’S TAKE ON THE NOUVEAU MASCULINE
Jonny Johansson – Creative Director at Acne – discussed his thought process for the collection, stating that, “I felt inspired by the new man, the new way of looking at things.” This is evident in his considered blending of traditional masculine styles, like the caveman-core and western-accents, with what he calls the “ultra-feminine”. We see this in tight-fitting cat-suits and denim bodices, which fit seamlessly into the collection. More and more, designers are saying no to the binary, and Jonny Johansson is one of them.
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