A surprise operatic performance by The Hives frontman Pelle Almqvist spiked the energy at the opening of Jonny Johansson’s Acne show. Almqvist sang the Swedish poem “Till Havs,” which translates to “Out to Sea” and was the main inspiration for Johansson’s mariner references handled with a cool, blunt edge.
Fast and furious, the models stormed by in a high-speed blur of white leather that was precision-sliced into strips on a great jacket and pants. There was also boxy, utilitarian tailoring worked on denim, crisp shirts, rumpled pants and fisherman jackets.
Johansson flexed his eye for dynamic color — optic whites offset by Bauhaus red, yellow and blue — that made everything pop.