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Haider Ackermann

Layering and draping are two techniques that are 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 autumn/winter 2017

Ackermann’s silhouettes were drawn by a more simple lined aesthetic, slightly opposed to his signature draping in previous collections. The monochrome colour palette was highlighted by two royal electric blue silhouettes, a tailored suit and a statement shoulder top with a pencil skirt and white thigh-high boots. Elongated black coats and cardigans were softened with off-white and black Mongolian fur trousers and skirts allowing a sophisticated textural blend. The overall black silhouettes were subtly decorated by a golden thread embroidery, finely punctuating belts, blazer cuffs and the fronts of peplum jackets and skirts. Slim fitted leather trousers alternated with relaxed suit trousers, whereas unconventional halter tops exposed a glamorous touch of skin.