Acne Fall 2011: Cool Cool Girls

LONDON--Although there's Whyred and Filippa K in my wardrobe, no Swedish designer dominates like Jonny Johansson. I own a lot of Acne. Why? Because it fits me well, and I feel good in it. So I was excited for this morning's show in Piccadilly. Johansson said in the notes that he was inspired by the women who work in his studio. "These girls make fashion out of nothing," he said of his team. "My girls are glamourous but not rich--they are cool."
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LONDON--Although there's Whyred and Filippa K in my wardrobe, no Swedish designer dominates like Jonny Johansson. I own a lot of Acne. Why? Because it fits me well, and I feel good in it. So I was excited for this morning's show in Piccadilly. Johansson said in the notes that he was inspired by the women who work in his studio. "These girls make fashion out of nothing," he said of his team. "My girls are glamourous but not rich--they are cool."
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LONDON--Although there's Whyred and Filippa K in my wardrobe, no Swedish designer dominates like Jonny Johansson. I own a lot of Acne. Why? Because it fits me well, and I feel good in it.

So I was excited for this morning's show in Piccadilly. Johansson said in the notes that he was inspired by the women who work in his studio. "These girls make fashion out of nothing," he said of his team. "My girls are glamourous but not rich--they are cool."

And so were his models, who stomped down a runway painted in pale grey, pink, white brush strokes; a motif that looked as though it could easily serve as a background on the Acne website.

They wore gargantuan platform sandals, paired with everything from a well-cut oxford blue button down and bubble skirt to a pale pink wool blazer and dusty rose leather slouch pants. Johansson is most successful when he reworks classics, like that button down, which was oversized and bloused in the back. And his take on the motorcycle jacket, in a color that can only be described as a cross between kiwi and olive, was loose and easy. It made all other motorcycle jackets, save for the original style, seem irrelevant.

Yes, there was plenty to buy. And there was also plenty to look at--lots of metallic leather patchwork, tulle overlay, and a sleeveless mustard blazer that convinced me it's okay to buy a jacket that doesn't keep you warm.

**Photos courtesy of Acne.