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Acne Menswear S/S12

Jonny Johansson presented his second-ever male catwalk show with a 'Swedish 70s functionality' fusing pared down aesthetics with contemporary elements

Last night, Acne concluded Paris Men's fashion week by showing their second ever male catwalk show. Like last season, the Swedish house presented an impeccably orchestrated show, one reinforcing the pared down, functional aesthetic they are best known for. This collection's theme was 'Swedish 70s functionality', a release pasted to each seat announced: and indeed, the clothes were retro, earth toned, and exploring contemporary needs: suede, denim, and knit; leather baseball caps, monochrome baseball jacket, coloured, lapels and plenty of manbags. Once more, each universe declined smoothly merged into the other one.

Dazed Digital met up with Jonny Johansson after the show and talked their love for the French, handbags and military prints.

Dazed Digital: What are you the most proud of this collection?
Jonny Johansson:
I really love the print story we did; I felt the colours work really well, that's how I would see the Swedish, subtle colour story.

DD: But you also do a lot of military print this collection
Jonny Johansson: It's actually a flower pattern, that appears almost like camouflage print.

DD:You did a lot of manbags, do you wear handbags?
Jonny Johansson: Why can't men have a bag? I wear bags, it's something very common today.

DD: Acne Paper is coming to France, your flagship store is opening soon, why do you think the French like you so much?
Jonny Johansson: The first international response we got, apart from Scandinavia, was from Paris, we got a page from Paris Vogue, which was great. I'm not sure why that is, but there is a lot of French blood mixed with Swedish in our royal house.