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akris f/w 2011

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Paris: Akris designer Albert Kreimler didn’t stray from the label’s characteristically modern silhouettes for F/W 11, but luxurious fabrics and rich autumnal colors added depth and opulence to Akris’ minimalist aesthetic. The Vienna Secession was cited as Kreimler’s inspiration this season, but only hints of the turn-of-the-century art movement were detectable, mostly in the architectural shapes and the rich, Gustav Klimt-esque palette. Among the most directional looks were a floor-length cape covered in a large-scale photo print of Joseph Maria Olbrich’s Wedding Tower (a key building of the era) and a series of silk maxi dresses enlivened by a geometric square motif, subtly suggestive of a Josef Hoffman chair.

Color: Warm browns / Burnt orange / Taupe / Deep teal / Maroon / Charcoal / Cream / Scarlet

Key Items: Knit sheath / Suede pant / Wool biker jacket / A-line skirt / Knit trouser / Jumpsuit / Pieced coat / Column dress / Cape

Materials: Wool jersey / Cashmere / Suede / Fur / Leather / Crocheted sweater knits / Tweed / Chiffon / Jacquards

Prints + Patterns: Photo prints of Joseph Maria Olbrich’s Wedding Tower / Geometric square patterns

Details + Trim: Pieced constructions / Funnel necks / Deconstructed seam details / Exposed zippers / Sequin embellishments / Covered plackets

Accessories + Footwear: Ostrich totes / Suede ankle boots / Flap shoulder bags / Zippered silk clutches

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