Acne Fall 2011 Review

Acne Fall 2011 ready to wear collection

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Acne Fall 2011 collection

SHOW: Acne

THEME: Inspired by the girls who work in Jonny Johansson's design studio

HAIR: Paul Hanlon for L'Oréal Professionnel

MAKEUP: Lucia Pieroni for M.A.C.

NAILS: Marian Newman for CND

ACCESSORIES: Strappy, chunky platform sandals and brown and silver lace-up booties worn over sheer socks

FRONT ROW: Emmanuelle Alt, Hamish Bowles, Jefferson Hack, Mr. Hudson, Scott Schuman, the XX

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Cool-girl staples and a love letter to leather

"My girls are glamorous but not rich—they are cool," Acne creative director Jonny Johansson said in the show notes, and after ogling the array of perfectly slouchy trousers, structured sleeveless blazers, and leather minis with buckled hems, we can heartily agree.

The Swedish label has always excelled at reinventing classics with an effortless, edgy-but-wearable downtown streak, and this season's offerings—worn by dewy-skinned models with their loose waves pinned at the nape—were no exception. If this is what it's like to work for Acne, well, hand us an application.

Fittingly situated in the Acne design studios—which has distressed white walls that lent the proceedings a refreshingly raw vibe—the Fall show delivered pieces certain to appeal to purists and envelope pushers alike.

For the former, a classic blue button-down worn with a flirty black mini drew nods of approval, as did the blazers (both traditional and sleeveless), which looked austere when paired with trousers and a white sleeveless blouse and dynamic when layered over a chiffon dress and leather leggings.

On the more adventurous scale, there were leather overalls and cropped pants, gold and silver patchwork trousers and tees, and sci-fi mechanic-chic roomy jumpsuits layered over fitted leather tops.

Color and texture made a big impact. Washed-out blues gave way to cobalt, blush pink, butterscotch, eggplant, olive green, mustard, and brick red, along with a smattering of classic black. Velvet, wispy tulle, metallic lamé, and a heavy dose of leather were all layered together in a collection that proved that cold weather wardrobes need not rely so heavily on wool.

On the subject of leather, last Fall's shearling-trimmed aviator jackets were replaced by a colorful selection of slightly oversize motorcycle jackets featuring asymmetrical zips, mini pocket details, and belted hems. Wool coats offered a more traditional outerwear option, but in a typical Acne twist, boasted belts that hit below the waistline.

And while the label's chunky wedge booties graced nearly every front-row spot, expect to see its fans risking hypothermia in the new batch of covetable, super-stacked platform sandals with double straps come Fall. We know we will be …