Mood board: Akris creative director Albert Kriemler became so moved by the colour and proportion of a painting by the 101-year old Cuban-American painter Carmen Herrera on his first visit to the new Whitney Museum that he decided to dedicate his spring/summer 2017 collection to her work. On the artist’s 101st birthday in May, Kriemler met Herrera in her studio. They discussed her work and she gave him her approval to design his next collection using her paintings for inspiration.
Scene setting: Models emerged on to the runway from a white rectangular entryway framed by yellow. The set was inspired by ‘Amarillo Dos’, a 1971 abstract work by Herrera, where two irregular L-shaped yellow pieces are intertwined with one another, leaving three long white triangles at the top, bottom and middle of the work.
Best in show: Like Herrera’s work, the collection was imbued with minimal geometric abstraction. The strongest looks incorporated prints made from Herrera’s 1948 painting ‘Iberia no.25’, 1949 piece ‘Venetian Red, White and Black’, and 1950 work ‘Green Garden’. A pleated top and dress, inspired by her 2014 painting ‘Alba’, made for a bold and impactful statement.