The Workmanship Of My Acne Studios Jacket
The stores in Los Angeles have had some amazing end of the season sales and markdowns recently. A Couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to find this beautiful Acne blue peplum jacket in one of these sales. It was the last piece and it had been marked down a few times. Lucky for me, I think the main reason was because it was such a small size. I got a really good deal with this jacket since Acne Studios jackets are normally quite expensive. Acne Studios is a company based out of Stockholm Sweden and the collection is designed by Johnny Johansson.
He is very good in mixing cool urban staples with a modern edgy twist with lots of attention to detail and a strong emphasis in tailoring and eclectic use of materials and custom made fabrics. Recently they have opened a store in downtown Los Angeles (Eastern Columbia Building) near the garment district and whenever I am downtown I make sure to take a peek inside as they have beautiful jackets.
The first thing that drew me to this jacket in the store was the beautiful blue color and the raw edge detailing, but as soon as I put it on I also loved the shape of the body and the bell shaped sleeves. I was mesmerized by how beautifully it was made inside which is just as beautiful as the outside. As a designer, I really appreciate good construction techniques especially in a women’s jacket. You don’t see a lot of construction like this in ready to wear jackets; they are mostly in high end designer levels or haute couture. This is why I really wanted to share this with you and tell you a little bit more about the work that goes into a beautifully made jacket as this is a real treat for me.
The whole jacket is fused with a cream color cotton canvas interlining to give the jacket more structure and body. This is because the blue fabric is too light weight for a jacket so designers use this technique to give it more body. I have used this technique on some of our jackets as well. In addition to this they have used a cotton crinoline canvas interlining layer in the bottom part of the peplum to make the peplum stand out. Crinoline also known as horsehair is a material that is durable and easily shaped and used in clothing or hats to give them shape. It is used a lot in wedding gowns or evening gowns. The other detailing inside that I love is how all the seams and darts are clean finished with a binding made of the blue satin lining material to give the jacket a finished look. This is a great way to show the inside construction of a jacket without it looking messy. It is an alternate way to finish the inside of a jacket rather than sewing in a full lining.
Here I am wearing my Acne jacket with my favorite D&G flared black pants. These pants have a bell shape to them and they compliment the bell shape of the jacket and sleeves. Since it has been quite warm in Los Angeles, I just wore a tank top underneath and added two of my beautiful necklaces that I have just added to our jewelry selection on our web site. These two pieces are sold separately and will look great on their own as well, but as you know I love layering lots of necklaces together so I thought the two pieces together made a more dramatic statement.
Jacket – Acne Studios
Pants – D&G (old)
Tank top – Massimo for Target
Shoes – D&G
Bag – Prada
Sunglasses – Rayban
Necklaces – Jacket Society