Now that Ann-Sofie Back shows her collection in London, the closest you can get to seeing her work at Stockholm Fashion Week is at the Cheap Monday show. The notoriously moody designer splits here time between heading her own collection, and leading the design team for the well-priced denim giant. Back's sources of inspiration are always conceptual, verging on abstract, and this season, the designer referenced the idealism, naivete, and unabashed optimism of her parent's generation as they forged new alternative lifestyles and followed utopian ideals. Nonetheless, the collection visually did not draw from the hippie aesthetic or the back to the land movement, and rather than a literal representation, the bright colors and big personality clothing distilled the essence of the carefree, joyous spirit of the time.
Friday, August 26, 2011