Acne and Hilma af Klint

Acne Studios truly maintained their ambition to create novel expression when they showed their men’s collection for spring summer 2014 last week. The collection is inspired by no less than Swedish artist Hilma af Klint.

The success story of Acne Studios began back in 1997, with a pair of jeans with red seams. Since then, the brand have developed into a multidisciplinary creator of prêt-à-porter, magazines, furniture, books, and exhibitions. Their widely artistic spirit is expressed in everything from collaborations and campaigns to the interior of their stores. Therefore it is not surprising, but still exciting, that they dedicate their men’s collection for spring summer 2014 to the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint. With her spiritual and esoteric aesthetic, Hilma af Klint became a true pioneer within the abstract movement at the turn of the century, and she was recently resurrected through an extensive exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. The inspiration from Hilma af Klint is expressed in the collection’s palette, as well as in prints on shirting, jerseys, and scarfs.

– People seem to think Sweden is gray, said designer Johnny Johansson during the presentation of the collection in Paris. When I saw her palette, it was a palette I relate to.

The collection is built around what Acne calls a fake normal style, with elongated, elevated silhouettes and a feminine touch. Decades are worked together into a unicum, with influences from the sixties’ rock, seventies’ disco, and nineties’ grunge. See the collection below.

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Hilma af klint – De stora figurmålningarna, nr 5, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Moderna Museet

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Hilma af Klint – De tio största, nr 3, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Foto: Moderna Museet
Hilma af Klint – De tio största, nr 3, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Foto: Moderna Museet

 

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Hilma af Klint – Sjustjärnan, nr 2, 1908 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Moderna Museet
Hilma af Klint – Sjustjärnan, nr 2, 1908 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Moderna Museet

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