For its latest menswear collection, Acne Studios has decided to step back from the familiar simplistic approach to Swedish fashion and try something refreshing. Smart-causal, loose tailoring, indoor-outdoor, transitional, multifunctional, and much more, is what pops to mind when looking at the Fall/Winter 2021 collection.
Founder and creative director Jonny Johansson’s idea behind the collection stems from wanting to look special, regardless of the occasion. “This is a wardrobe that brings together the relaxed silhouette of sports casual with the tailored glamour from my dream of life in a band. It is menswear that is functional and minimal, with humor, sexiness, and lightness.”
Light and playful, littered with sexiness and something more daring than ever seen from the brand before, but still quintessentially Acne Studios, the collection is rich with highlights including a coat and a full suit, as well as some accessories such as gloves and a light scarf, which are printed over and over manically to create the blurred and busy Acne Studios logo repeat pattern.
Elsewhere, traditional elements of the brand such as its scarves are elevated and playful. Fall/Winter 2020 brought us gorgeously chunky knits with pastels and checks, but FW21 contrasts this and takes on a modern approach with its cold dyed inside-out padded organic jersey cotton logo-branded scarf. Additionally, comfy retro vibes are explored with looks such as the tie-dyed pants and top worn with a brown leather jacket. The houses’ collaborator Robbie Barrat has developed prints that rework classical imagery appearing on oversized wool mohair jackets and tailored trousers, while more archived imagery appears on pieces such as the lunchbox-esque bucket bag.
“The wardrobe of pieces has a looseness of silhouette that comes from a sport casual look, particularly golf. I have a lot of memories of golf from my grandparents and my dad’s family, who all played golf. But this isn’t a golf collection — it’s very much through Acne Studios’ eyes. I also have an unfulfilled desire to be a rock star, and that tailored glam is in the collection too. I was also thinking about archetypes that make up this wardrobe of pieces. It’s not about trying to make the perfect archetype, it’s more about exploring garments with a sense of playfulness.”
Check out the FW21 collection below, and expect it to land in stores and online in the coming months.