Ann-Sofie Back Atelje
September 15, 2011 London
Jantelagen made for rich fodder, evidently. Riffing on the uniform, Back's Atelje collection had an austere simplicity, with a lot of the action going on in constructed detail and fabric selection. The structured organza pieces, in plain cream and a deadpan stripe, were particularly nice, and after the riot of color on this season's runways, Back's neutrals felt like a palette cleanser. Elsewhere, the Back clothes were defined, largely, by this season's narrow belts. Strung just above or just below the waist, the belts operated as a kind of visual punctuation for pieces that were otherwise pretty straightforward, such as a collarless jacket in hot pink.