A sound familiar to Charlene Wittstock, Princess of Monaco, signaled the start of the Akris show: The high-pitched whirr of Formula One racing cars. A fan of the luxury Swiss label, she looked on as Albert Kriemler explored a “Grand Prix” theme, sending models whisking down a two-lane runway.
Not surprisingly, the collection had a sporty attitude from the first exit — a leaf-green shantung parka and matching shorts. Plenty of streamlined sheath dresses and tunic-and-pant combos followed, some with do-not-pass double rows of piping running up the front.
During a preview, Kriemler said he was inspired by the 1966 film “Grand Prix” because “men and women dressed to perfection” during that era. In fact, he incorporated large-scale stills from the movie as photo prints on dresses and outerwear, including one with spectators gazing down at the track from the seaside Hermitage hotel.
Smudged photo prints of racing cars served as horizontal stripes on cap-sleeved sheaths or long columns, and small, overlapping tachometers produced a pattern between tweed and hounds tooth for cotton blouses and wide-legged pants. While Kriemler is certainly adept at expressing the house’s deluxe minimalism, this foray in the fast lane needed a little more horsepower.