ACV released their A/W 2011-12 collection with little to no fan-fare or build-up a couple of days ago – a restrained and confident way to release a collection compared to the avalanche of graphics and patterns that usually accompany their latest work.  Fittingly the look book is also pleasantly reserved, even bordering on austerity at times, but don’t worry – their perfectly conceived patterns and prints are still in abundance and in their restraint they have gone right back to basics to find the core of their challenging male silhouette.  In that respect they have given the draped, salon-kei, Harajuku street fashion look a dose of masculinity with boxier layers and structured panelling.  The overall impact is right in-line with the new wave of futurist industrial gothic that has been doing the rounds from the high-fashion of Gareth Pugh to the witch house crowd, but ACV have managed to bring their own eye to it and created something with an edge less obvious:

Continue reading to see more of what you will be seeing in h>fractal La Foret and indeed, on the streets of Harajuku later this year.

This is your classic ACV look – exaggerated long torso, symmetric patterns, lower layers on the legs and finished with a cape-like jacket.  (Oh and the eagle-eyed amongst you will recognise this model from the Jackrose / Luv Maison look books)

Space graphics, crosses and triangles tie in this collection with their previous work and the heavy box layering evolves the look onwards.

Love this vaguely futuristic tribal look

Very cool by all accounts and an absolute sure fire hit in the making.  I like how open and engaging the collection is compared to other designers who have tackled a simular silhouette in a slightly darker, gothic manner.  I personally find this is that little bit less intimidating, artistic and befitting of the friendly bohemian vibe of Ura-Harajuku, without losing its all important edge.

I am sure that this won’t be the limit of the collection, as ACV release items regularly throughout the year – think of it instead as a taster for the atmosphere of the work.  I am sure they won’t abandon their unbelievably popular traingle prints, and if you are still in the market for some of their current season gear there is an abundence on the h>fractal shopping site.

Stay tuned for more from this group of designers in the coming days and check out my coverage of their Deconstruction line earlier this year.

I am trying really hard to restrain myself from ending this with something grandiose like: “This is the future of Harajuku fashion”.  But you know what?  It so is.

 

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