The Pritzker Prize-winning Mexican architect Luis Barragán inspired Albert Kriemler's new Resort collection for Akris. Kriemler's de rigueur photo prints came from Barragán's famous Cuadra San Cristobal in Mexico City; the pink stucco walls are his stables, the flowering trees his bougainvillea. Currently listed at Christie's for $12.9 million, the estate's modernist yet lush style is a good fit for Kriemler, who has branded Akris with a sleek sort of über-luxe.
Beyond the vivid color palette—all fuchsia and azure blue—Kriemler's other big obsession this season was fabric development: a wool suit made with 10 percent polyester so it doesn't wrinkle; a double-face wool coat as fine as cashmere, but not as delicate ("which makes it sportier," he said); and a leather tunic cut so thin it moves like silk. Innovations like that keep the Akris customer coming back for more. The most compelling material he used was a black stretch denim, which looked positively elegant cut into an hourglass sheath with sheer tulle shoulders. Kriemler promised its below-the-knee length was a teaser of what's to come for Spring ’14.