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We already know that Star Wars has made its mark on cool urban street wear from the likes of Marc Ecko to adidas, but this may be the first time we’ve heard of The Clone Wars being a direct inspiration for runway fashions.
Swedish fashion label Acne’s Jonny Johansson told the press that his recent show in London took direct inspiration from The Clone Wars, which he watches with his sons.
Acne’s Jonny Johansson cites Star Wars: The Clone Wars as the starting point for his autumn/winter 2010 collection, which showed last night in east London. That’s not to say we should all start packing a lightsaber, but rather we should be channeling the intergalactic colour palette, shape and feel of Luke Skywalker’s get-up.
“The collection was actually inspired by a cartoon my two eldest sons are obsessed with; Star Wars: Clone Wars,” Acne creative director Jonny Johansson revealed with a smile. “It’s not literal, of course, just a feeling, an inspiration — and many of the silhouettes continue from last season. But I liked the idea that movies with spacey subjects are supposed to look futuristic.”
Futuristic or not, the collection has all of Acne’s signature wearability. Shaped, buckled bondage pieces and space age styling; gold cuffs, collars and models’ metallic foreheads, were balanced by the soft draped shapes of dresses, over-sized boxy styles of suede and leather jackets and the brand’s signature fur and shearling collars.
Check out photos in the Vogue.com Acne Gallery
Founder and creative director Jonny Johansson says of the collection: “My sons are completely obsessed with Star Wars and I have to watch and live it day after day, so for this season I created an aesthetic based around Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I am not doing it because I have a choice; it has just completely penetrated my world.
It is also a collection that continues from last season and an exploration of spirituality and astronomy from the show’s makeup direction to the long, floaty and easy silhouette.”
DD: So the new collection was quite tough, deconstructed, and almost alien-like… what were the themes that inspired this line?
Jonny Johansson: I based it lightly on Clone Wars, you know from Star Wars, the cartoon and the droids. I really like the stupid droids there.
Check out photos in the Dazed Digital Gallery.