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Acne's Spring 2012: Marrakech meets Stockholm

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The thing about attending an Acne fashion show is that no matter what you're wearing and how you look, there are more than enough super-cool monochrome hipsters in attendance to make you feel underdressed. The crowd at last night's show on the fourth floor of the Sorting Office on New Oxford St favored leather jackets, Mulberry bags (we lost count at ten) and lots of black.

Thankfully, pre-show martinis were being served by exceptionally handsome men clad in Acne blue double denim to soothe our nerves as 'Hey Big Spender' played in the background. Lucky for those of us in the standing section, the mirrored runway and extra mirrored wall allowed us to gawp at who's up front. And who was in the front row? Alexa Chung, Clemence Poesy, Susie Bubble, Irina Lazareanu, Mr Hudson and at least one very young baby with father. Preshow conversation tended towards the best places to buy winter leather jackets, up-and-coming bloggers and Dasha Zhukova's new magazine Garage.

As for the collection itself, Jonny Johansson wants us in flat shoes, shiny leather and baseball caps next summer, drawing more on last season's color palette of vivid blue, pistachio and tangerine.

The collection was influenced by that well-worn fashion cliche of a trip to Marrakech and Johansson's idea of how a young Stockholm woman would interpret the "crazy melting pot of cultures, eras, nationalities and influences." Obviously, though, this being Acne, the result was a sum greater than its parts Oversized outerwear and jumbo cut-out star motifs also featured, making the collection a fun and wearable transition from fall's laidback chic to an even more relaxed spring. Many of the models slouched down the runway to music with such intense bass that some guests seemed visibly uncomfortable, before making their finale walk to 'Killer Queen' by Queen. The crowd seemed to approve, and early favorites included the many pairs of jumbo-tasselled leather loafers and some neon fuchsia pieces perfect for coming out of a long winter's gloom. — Ana Kinsella
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