June 28, 2013 Paris
Those who see things differently often find that their visions look odd to others. That's a common enough Acne pitfall. The ledge was close here. You could look at the foil-stamped linen suiting and puddling, yard-wide chinos and see a young club kid's fantasy; Johansson, wide-eyed, professed to see the sea. Probably it was both. This collection, which sat tapered-to-extremes suiting next to those mega-trousers and raw-edged fraying jackets and cocoon coats inspired by fifties couture, was a kitchen-sink-and-all doozy. But that is the philosophical idea, circa 2013: The ideas aren't in the mix, they are the mix. If it doesn't always go down smoothly, that's the price of admission. It's one Johansson is willing to pay. "I would like to be a sign of the times if I can," he said. "Whether good or bad, I want to be doing something contemporary."