Pretty Ideas and Active Imaginations – Akris, Junya Watanabe, Vivienne Westwood and Marithé and François Girbaud
Albert Kriemler, as ever, focused on great-looking real-world clothes for Akris, while Junya Watanabe had athletic notions, Vivienne Westwood showed her creative spirit and the Girbauds added a hippie element to their experimental mix.
Akris: Pretty, well-crafted clothes flattering to a wide range of ages and sizes — now there’s a thought. And how does it fly at retail? “So well you wouldn’t believe it,” according to Bergdorf Goodman’s Robert Burke. Spring should keep right on ringing the registers, because the Akris collection Albert Kriemler showed Wednesday was simply terrific.
This is a company that eschews the typical bells and whistles of the runway, yet dares to show during collection week in the world’s most glorious mecca du mode. But then, how else to provide a handle on Akris, nestled as it is so far from the madding fashion crowd in cozy, picturesque and dirndled (well, at least the waitresses are) St. Gallen, Switzerland? It seems that Kriemler leaves home often enough to show off the family wares, but not so often that he falls prey to the frenzy.
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