Designer Focus

Acne Studios

Acne Studios launched as a Swedish design collective in 1996, but has since grown into a highly-coveted and respected creator of ready-to-wear, accessories, books, furniture and exhibitions. The brand’s collections are defined by creator Jonny Johansson’s out-of-the-box thinking and keen attention to detail.


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About the brand

Acne Studios is a Swedish clothing label based in Stockholm. It originated from the creative collective ACNE, an acronym for “Ambition to Create Novel Expressions”. Founder and Global creative director Jonny Johansson says the origin of the brand lays with the introduction of red-stitched Acne jeans. It was evident, since jeans seemed to be the most important garment for people at that time and still is today. This set the tone for Acne's signature style, which is based on the purity of used materials and the functionality of its designs.

With the foundation of bringing contemporary and approachable fashion, Acne constantly uplifts their collections by challenging established cultural trends. Collaborating with representatives from distinctive creative industries, Acne proves their creativity is not only limited to fashion. They teamed up with transsexual magazine 'Candy' to create a cross-gender blouse, anticipating the genderless dressing trend. Also, together with designer Alber Elbaz who worked for couture house Lanvin at the time, Acne designed a high-end capsule collection. Their creative outlet has been extended to Acne Paper, a bi-annual publication which portrays the cultural aspect of fashion through in-depth editorials. Besides their creative focal point, Acne works on using environmentally preferable materials and organic cotton.

Collection autumn/winter 2017

Warm earthy hues set the tone for a Paul Klee-inspired Acne Studios autumn/winter 17 collection. Experimenting with the conventions of tailoring, creative director Jonny Johansson designed long draped linen dresses that featured contrasting fringed patchwork details, pinstripe blazers worn back to front, and structured dresses with deliberately skewed seams. Looks created by juxtaposing materials such as knitted wool, suiting-striped cotton, shiny leather and floral-printed satin created interesting layers, highlighting the distinctly off-kilter femininity that permeated the collection. The oversized deconstructed silhouettes accessorised with statement hoop earrings, smooth leather bags with knot details, lace-up boots and irregularly shaped sunglasses perfected an artistic collection.