Paris Fashion Week: Akris Spring 2012

Akris continues to be a favorite for me each season. In my eyes, the brand is one that I aspire to wear religiously: the pieces drip with sophistication and power, truly worn best on women with confidence, grace and a taste for luxury.

The Spring 2012 collection was right in line with what the brand does best: polished, simple pieces that any woman could covet because of their functionality and ease. Separates drove the collection forward, but the dresses were so commanding including Tao Okamoto’s easy green shift (shown above), a relaxed yet pristine colorblock number on Nimue Smit, Viktoria Kvalsvik’s burnt orange gown that must be worn on the red carpet, Emily Senko’s effortless leather style and so much more. Akris always presents trousers that make even women like me who are dress aficionados reach for a pair: Roberta Narciso’s chartreuse straight-leg version (shown above), a flowy wide-leg printed pair on Shu Pei Qin, immaculate pleated green trousers on Viktoria Kvalsvik, Alana Zimmer’s form-fitting white pair and more burnt orange with Emilia Nawarecka’s pants featuring white piping down the front.

Leather was a fabric focus in the collection including the aforementioned leather dress on Emily Senko, a cognac hunting-inspired vest on Anais Mali, Liu Wen’s leather varsity jacket and matching skirt and a crossbody sling bag in that same cognac color worn by Shu Pei Qin and Daiane Conterato. It was interesting to see the way Albert Kriemler juxtaposed Akris’ signature modern polish with athletic references, truly defining the term “sportswear”: hoodie dresses in luxe fabrics boasting zipper detailing down their fronts, a camel mesh hoodie on Alex Yuryeva and so much more.

Cameron Diaz is a fan and she would definitely look amazing in the leggy silhouettes shown in the collection.

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