little engine that could company has grown exponentially during that decade and
is now the go to brand for wealthy, sophisticated women who like their luxury
to be more personal in nature.
except perhaps for the Akris prints. Kriemler started introducing a strong
print element into each of his collections in 2006. Way before the rest of the
fashion world used advancements in computer software to produce an over
abundance of prints that have now saturated the market. Prints are no longer
the exception, but the fashion rule these days. And it is rare to see a show
without at least one. But somehow the Akris brand has always found a unique perspective
to the print idea, and this time the designer didn’t just use one powerful
print, he chose seven.
With so many
prints that the designer wanted to work into the collection, the imagery on the
precision cut ensembles became the central focus of the show. So the blurry
images of the terrain of Mars became three, head-to-toe (and handbag) looks
that included a beautifully tailored jacket with long half detached lapels or a
flowing poplin coat. The green glow of the image of the house shot at night became
the background for five outfits that moved from a flowing double faced wool
gown to a more abstract embellished interpretation that saw the fabric of a
shift dress covered in squares of green sequins, an allusion to the idea of
As for the starry
night, well that is where Kriemler had a bit of fun. He wove LED lighting into
the St. Gallen embroidered designs that closed the show. When the house lights
dimmed for the finale, those same ensembles returned to the darkened catwalk to
light up the venue with their heavenly light.
almost without saying that this collection was pretty picture perfect.
Coutersy to Nowfashion.