Akris Spring/Summer 2021 Collection
At the center of the Akris Spring/Summer 2021 collection is the artist collaboration between Albert Kriemler and the German artist Imi Knoebel, who is regarded as one of the leading artists of post-war abstract and minimal art. His artworks can be found in prominent public collections including MoMA (New York); Dia:Beacon (New York); The Broad (Los Angeles); the Musée National d’Art Moderne (Paris); the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin).
Albert Kriemler was fascinated by the use of color in Knoebel’s work: “I can very much relate to his world of forms and grand colors. Color is everything to me, this season more than ever before.” This can easily be seen throughout the collection, that is vibrant and full of energy.
Nothing lifts the mood quite like effortless daywear or a painterly palette of color, and this collection combines the two to bring you dresses, shirts or bags cheery enough to put a spring in your step. The most vivid colors are found on a series of items that feature digital prints of Imi Knoebel paintings, such as cotton dresses with the “Zion” and “Tiger Woods” print, a silk dress with “Ohayo” print, or a long sleeveless silk blouse and even silk pants with the “Blue Angel” print.
The freedom of the shapes in Imi Knoebels work can be found in the items featuring “Cut-out” prints or patchwork applications, and the “Cut-up” items where wool silk pullovers and a cotton T-shirt are embellished, and a silk crêpe dress features semi-sheer cutouts.
Inspired by Imi Knoebel’s love for the material hardboard itself, Akris has developed a new raffia material for the Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Rustic raffia gets a seriously luxurious makeover for Spring. Made of coated cotton threads the Akris raffia fabric is no longer consigned to a life of roughness, it’s now being woven into one-of-a-kind ready-to-wear delicacies. Raffia bags, pencil skirts and jackets look like the best expression of the Akris craft.
The Kinderstern in the Akris Spring/Summer collection is a subtle nod to the spirit of humanity. This symbol comes to life through embellishments on accessories and ready-to-wear, and playful bag charms that bring a sense of joy to your wardrobe.
The Kinderstern stands for the rights of children. A true social sculpture, the Kinderstern is part of an ongoing work series, contributed by German artist Imi Knoebel to support children in need through Kinderstern e.V., a nonprofit organization founded by Carmen Knoebel in 1989.