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Haider Ackermann

Layering and draping are two techniques characteristic of Haider Ackermann’s modus operandi. His eponymous line has been producing empowering and utterly luxurious womenswear for over fifteen years.

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About the designer

Born in Bogotá but based in both Paris and Antwerp, designer Haider Ackermann established his namesake womenswear label in 2003. It wasn’t long until his ready-to-wear collections were presented during Paris Fashion Week, allowing Ackermann's fanbase to grow astronomically and making his garments instantly coveted worldwide - with a slew of celebrity fans like Tilda Swinton swiftly following. With a resumé that can only be called impressive, Ackermann thoroughly trained his eye for fashion. The Colombian creative started his career by studying fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine arts in Antwerp, adding him to the group of noteworthy alumni. After completing an internship at John Galliano, he worked for acclaimed names as Wim Neels, Bernhard Willhelm, Patrick Van Ommeslaeghe and Mayerline. Ackermann was granted the Fashion Group International Award by Karl Lagerfeld himself in 2012.

As a child, the designer spent years moving from Ethiopia to Algeria and from France to the Netherlands and Belgium. With a background that is influenced by a plethora of cultures, Ackermann’s designs show a distinctly innovative sensibility. His aesthetic is epitomised by drapery, tailored lines and empowering colours. Simple silhouettes are often crafted with asymmetric lines and knotted details, marrying a strong personality with modern-day ease.

Collection spring/summer 2018

The spring/summer 2018 collection brings forth Haider Ackermann’s natural talent for tailoring. The brand’s signature slenderness came through in clean, elegant lines and silhouettes. The garments came solely in solid colours; red reigned over the runway with royal crimsons as full looks or as contrasting details to black and white shades. As a softer alternative, delicate yellows found their place matched with pastel blues and pearly fabrics. Razor-sharp cuts with linear allure were mellowed with the sensual showing of skin, displaying bare midriffs, waists and necks. At the shoulders there could be found a wrapping of fabric that is usually left for evening gowns, but instead of a feminine frock the bottoms were replaced with strong, sleek trousers.