Beauty with purpose

VOGUE/AFP – When Akris Creative Director Albert Kriemler talks about his grandmother, Alice Kriemler-Schoch, he refers to her as a “woman of purpose”. And that, he said “is who I design for—women of purpose”.

And certainly the first few offerings that came out on the runway did not look complicated. Sumptuous cashmere pullovers, either paired with a cashmere patch-pocket cape or a wool double-face, single-breasted coat, swaddled and caressed the wearer. They were an elegant, high-fashion version of comfort food.

Striking looks as a long taffeta parka with a trapezoid closure; a taupe, millefleurs-lace, hand-pleated shirt gown; a Cubist-inspired stand-collar tunic; a plum double-face wool cutout dress with slits; a stretchy, black silk crepe strapless gown with a techno grid-structured cube skirt; and in particular, the show’s final look, a multi-coloured silk and velvet double-breasted jacket paired with a wide-leg pant with cuff.

Just what a woman of purpose might well be adding to her wardrobe.