The Clothes: Acne designer Johnny Johansson always knows how to dress the cool girls. For spring, he’s outfitting them with a country twang. In his line sheets, Johansson emphasized how important music is to his design process, and for this collection, he found inspiration in an Emmylou Harris track called “Wrecking Ball” that goes “Meet me at the Wrecking ball/Wrecking Ball, I’ll wear something pretty and white/And we’ll go dancing tonight.” So this is what you wear to the Wrecking Ball: Jockey uniform-inspired stripes (more stripes!) in bold colors on blazers and vests, jackets with straps and ties that recalled a straight jacket, tops made to look like the shoulders had been pushed down, skinny pants (an Acne specialty) which were either slit up the front or strapped up with leather (we predict those will go like hot cakes), billowing skirts, and simple tees that just said “MUSIC.”
What the Line Sheet Said: “A clash of romantic silhouettes, jockey outfits and street style.”
The Hair & Makeup: Hair was parted on the side and slicked back into a low pony. Makeup, done by NARS was “fresh skin with a graphic eye” which meant that the outside corners of the eyes were heavily lined–an interesting take on a cat eye.
The Soundtrack: Since music is so important for Johansson and such a part of what Acne is, we wanted to make sure we got the exact playlist. You should probably download these tracks:
“Hymne Amer America” by Laurent Petitgand
“Cowgirl Teenbeat” by Mike Kelley
“Knowing Me Knowing You” by Superette
“Dancing Queen” by Garaland
The Vibe: The cool kids assembled around a rectangular box framed by candy cane striped walls–it looked like a sleek fashion-y version of a rodeo. Instead of hay and dirt on the floor it was pristine white tiles, the runway for the show.
The Front Row: Kate Lanphear, Hanneli Mustaparta.
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Models off duty.
WTF Moment: The yips and yee-haw laden soundtrack. We couldn’t get it out of our heads.