PFW: Akris’ 100th Birthday Collection

‘I like fashion to surprise. It’s progress, it’s energy, it’s strength.’ Albert Kriemler

Marking the occasion of the Swiss heritage brand’s 100th anniversary, Albert Kriemler hosted a spectacle of a show in the gardens of the Palais de Tokyo as guests overlooked a backdrop of the Eiffel Tower and Ugo Rondinone’s iconic We Are Poems sculpture which arched over the pools of the gardens.

In a true homage to the timelessness synonymous with the House, Kriemler showed nine archive looks for the runway, two of which opened the show with the first look being the forever-staple Alpha coat, the first cashmere double-face wrap coat created by Albert’s father, Max Kriemler.

This followed with a look centred around Akris’ use of lace, which dates as far back as Albert’s designs of the 1980s, originally produced in Calais, he proclaims it impossible to find a lace of the same strength in today’s manufacture.

Nods to the archives were a continued theme throughout the collection which embodied a century of fashion along with the master of craftsmanship Akris is so well renowned.

A particular code reinvented for the collection was the hearts which appeared printed across a number of looks which were another ode to the past as the first print for Akris produced in 1989 by Gianpaolo Ghioldi in a representation of life and love.

The collection triumphed with a finale of vivid chiffon dresses, full-length in a rainbow of colours, with the final look quite literally depicting a rainbow.



Text by Jaz Grewal