June 26, 2012 New York
Akris is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. There's a new book, penned by Valerie Steele, to mark the occasion, and the Swiss label will throw a party in September the night of its Paris show. Standard practices both for a company marking a big milestone. One thing you won't get from designer Albert Kriemler, though, is a retrospective collection that rehashes the brand's past; he's too interested in improving the present. His new Resort lineup contains more than a few pieces designed to make his luxury customers' lives even richer. Take, for instance, a navy evening jacket made from a high-tech Japanese fabric in which the paillettes are woven into the material rather than sewn on top of it, or, at the more casual end of things, a zip-front hoodie whipped up in double-face cashmere. A painting of Prince Albert I of Monaco helming his yacht, the Princess Alice, is one of three photo prints in the collection. It informed the other two—a print of light reflecting off the Scandinavian sea and another of the Caribbean. A relaxed, casual attitude permeated. Kriemler even showed two different styles of jeans.
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