Acne Studios Spring/Summer21 by Aybuke Barkcin


Dear Shaded Viewers,

Acne Studios presented its Spring/Summer21 collection with a digital video of beautifully dressed models, walking from one empty space to another… “staring up at the noon summer sun”.

Usually when one thinks of minimalism, the first words that comes to mind for many is cold, boring and distant. However, throughout the years, Acne has successfully fused the essence of Scandinavian minimalism and functionality with unconventional designs and non-conformist coolness.

This collection was yet again, quintessentially Acne. It was modern but not boring, light but not without presence. The silhouettes were fluid as sleeves of sweaters, sheer tops and blazers had loose exaggerated arms. Natural tones and light reflecting metallics gave the garments a sense of calmness. The lineup also featured transparent fabrics and crochet knits made to look like nets, intimately exposing parts of the body while hiding the rest under oversized jackets and blazers.

Through the years, Acne has developed a strong community of followers, especially amongst the upcoming generations and the brand’s success should come as no surprise. For Acne, fashion is about liberating expressions, a celebration of the unconventional, a fusion of different art forms imprinted on the designs of garments.

This collection was no exception, it stayed true to Acne’s DNA, it was; “A collection of light and optimism, of layered fabrics that clash and contrast but that also have both presence and ease.”

Aybuke Barkcin

Aybüke Barkçin is an art director, photographer, curator and writer that looks at fashion through the lens of political and societal dynamics. She completed her master's Creative Direction in POLIMODA, Italy and has a background in International Relations and Graphic Design. Her work can be found in her website: