Art nouveau meets gangster grunge? Swedish fashion studio Acne pulls it off in their new collaborative collection with Liberty London. It’s funky fashion fusion that works.
Modern Swedish fashion brand Acne is known for their simple, classy pieces (as well as the iconic pink shopping bags which have become a status symbol about town). Liberty London, on the other hand, is established and old. The best of London and the best of Sweden take a dose of Japanese inspiration and create something totally unique – the Acne x Liberty capsule collection, previewing from February 14th.
The collection includes leather jackets, scarves, bags, skirts, denim overalls, and more. Baseball caps have never looked so classy. Jonny Johansson, creative director at Acne, hand-picked three iconic Liberty prints to use int he collection. Eva is an 1880s Japanese-influenced pattern, Jonny is classic paisley, and Alma’s Bird is an oriental art nouveau hybrid. We love them all.
“When we started exploring Liberty’s extensive heritage for this project, it almost felt like an overwhelming voyage,” Johansson said of the collection. “We realized we had to come up with a strong contrast in order to make sense of it, so the team and I picked one favorite print each and integrated them with some of our classic leather pieces.”
Does this mean the Stockholm fashion sea of black will be transformed into a plethora of paisley this spring? Doubtful – but we wouldn’t mind. And we might go grab some of those shoes when the collection goes on sale in March.