Fashion house AKRIS presented its Spring Summer 2023 A Century in Fashion Collection, that celebrates the brand’s 100th Anniversary, on Saturday, October 1st, during the ongoing Paris Fashion Week. The collection that fuses past, present, and future, pays tribute to the brand’s history, and it also reimagines the house’s codes for today. The show featured nine pieces taken from the archives, including Akris‘ first cashmere double-face coat – The Alpha created by Max Kriemler. As an homage to his father, Albert Kriemler has chosen the original coat from 1978 as his opening look. The color palette was inspired by Ugo Rondinone’s We Are Poems artwork, the strong, vivid hues shining in the collection appear as the shades of the rainbow. The designer also celebrates The Hearts, the brand’s first print created for the Fall Winter 1989 Collection by Gianpaolo Ghioldi.
I like fashion to surprise. It’s progress, it’s energy, it’s strength. When preparing the shooting of our archive pieces (1978-1992) for the 100 year book, I knew right away we had to work with them. They were new, unexpected, and in perfect proportions of today. They made me think of something different to celebrate 100 years, something you would normally not presume. Let’s call it a rebeginning, an incentive to pause, a point in which everything can reappear or renew itself. A collection where past, present, and future coexist. A look back to move forward into a new century! – Albert Kriemler
“The lace in this collection originates from Albert’s designs of the 1980s.“While searching for it, we realized the original laces had a strength that we could not find in any of today’s replacements,” Albert states. That what is just right cannot be surpassed; it took six months for the initial lacemaker in Calais to reproduce it. A sketch is the departure of any creation; the first, spontaneous formulation of an idea. “Yet, a sketch would remain theoretical, my wishful thinking only, without my team and their interactions,” Albert states. “All of them, their experience, mastery, and imagination, are the very secret of Akris.” In this collection, The Croquis celebrated in embroidery and print stands for the powerful impact of this collective. Witty, charming, and designed by Albert’s team as an anniversary surprise for him, it tells a very personal story.” – from Akris