Step into the sun, where everyone needs a sun visor.

While this wasn’t the stated theme of this afternoon’s Akris presentation, it could have been. The feeling was very much centered on the summer portion of the spring/summer season with a set of clothes designed for the hottest weather.

Albert Kriemler likes things simple. His reasoning is that our lives are already busy and confusing enough without our clothes being busy and confusing. So, his collection is, just as it has been for over 30 years, very clean, very uncluttered, and very simple. Do not take that to mean Albert is a minimalist, he’s clearly not. He’s just not one to go in for excessive ruffles or lace or glitter or anything that might be the least bit complicated for a person to wear.

The down side to such simple looks is that one sees them and misses the subtle, detailed touches in an Akris collection, such as the embroidery stitching outlining patterns in the leather, that a top has a broad strap on one side and a spaghetti strap on the other, the delicate stitching around a sleeve, or the subtle layering of a suit. While the looks themselves are simple enough for the person wearing them, a lot of attention is paid to the details so that these simple looks are not boring.

Kriemler also isn’t afraid to keep things interesting with long, relatively narrow plunges in the neckline, an abundant use of textured sheer, or even large-holed mesh. His sense of styling, while understated to be sure, is still impeccable. These simple looks work because Albert knows how to work with a single technique and make it shine.

So while there are to sequins, or ruffles, or heavily complicated designs, Akris provides a line of clothes one can wear without worry, knowing they’ll be valuable assets to one’s wardrobe for many years.

Photo credit: Gio Staiano

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