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Akris took a different route with the presentation of their fall/winter 2013-2014 collection in the form of a 20-person strong chamber music orchestra led by composer Thomas Roussel. The live music provided attendees with a refreshing break from the usual pre-set soundtrack of fashion shows. And as models walked to the orchestral composition of Roussel, a dark, architectural collection full of strong silhouettes and nuanced detail emerged. Sticking to a primarily black palette, designer Albert Kriemler created a chic, contemporary collection that put a unique spin on some of Paris fashion week’s most popular trends.
For instance, Kriemler played up the sheer trend, infusing his sheer pieces with robust geometric patterns — one sheath dress with a sheer turtleneck and long sleeves was inlaid with sparkling square embellishments placed along a bias in a form that vaguely resembled a figure of a woman. Slouchy, oversized herringbone and wool sweaters with bulky silhouettes were also staples of the diverse collection, as was tailored menswear inspired ankle pants and wide, bell shaped coats. Despite the heavy use of black, the collection’s overall focus was refreshingly broad.