Haider Ackermann Fall 2014–It is time for change–Haider Ackermann said with the clothes presented during his fall-winter 2014 collection at Paris Fashion Week. Gone is his signature airy chiffon draping and layering, but instead it is replaced by something more minimal. The silhouette is menswear inspired featuring roomy pants and jumpsuits with sleeves that extended past the normal length. Instead of chiffon, Ackermann chooses fabrics like cashmere, snakeskin for more fitted looks and flannel tops. Despite fall signifying a change in the Colombian designer’s aesthetic, you still see the label’s DNA with the balance of graceful shapes and masculine elements. Where it goes next, one must wait and see.
Haider Ackermann’s Androgynous Spring – Haider Ackermann paid tribute to the female form with a collection stepped in androgyny for his namesake label’s spring 2014 collection. A story of contradictions, the silhouettes are at once sleek with their modern cuts and relaxed shapes yet dreamy in airy chiffons and silks worn as veils, skirts or tops. Long jackets and baggy trousers speak to mannish style while the low-cut tops and slinky metallic dresses embrace a more feminine form. The play on hard and soft style make the Ackermann woman’s upcoming spring a beautiful contradiction.
The Little Black Jacket – Chanel celebrated the inauguration of the Little Black Jacket exhibition on November 8th, 2012 at the Grand Palais in Paris. The exhibition displays 113 photos from the book titled, “The Little Black Jacket: A Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld”, featuring celebrities in the iconic Chanel staple. Guests included Daphne Guinness, Haider Ackermann, Charlotte Casiraghi, Laetitia Casta, Maïwenn, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline de Maigret and models Aymeline Valade, Sigrid Agren and Anja Rubik.
Ackermann’s Tough yet Feminine Fall – Haider Ackermann once again delivered an outing of well-tailored, body conscious designs for his fall 2012 collection presented during Paris Fashion Week. The Ackermann woman is a bold one–wearing strict silhouettes in autumn hues of marmalade, raspberry, chocolate and navy cinched by wide black belts for the upcoming autumn. Dramatic pleats and folds bring a feminine touch to the androgynous suiting as well as skin baring skirts and plunging necklines. Ackermann ended on a simple note, sending model Daiane Conterato out in a minimal dress with a sensuous cut.
Ackermann Ambiance – Elisa Sednaoui shines in lustrous and sparkling looks from Colombian-born, French designer Haider Ackermann for the December cover shoot of Marie Claire Spain. Outfitted by Enrique Campos, Elisa is a sensuous beauty with body conscious ensembles and draped silhouettes. Understated makeup by Ashley Ward and mussed hair by Federico Ghezzi complete the festive wardrobe.
Back in November, it was reported that Karl Lagerfeld wanted Haider Ackermann to replace him as the creative director of Chanel once he retired. When looking at Ackermann’s fall 2011 collection, it is hard to imagine his sleek and sometimes even futuristic vision at the renowned fashion house. But now with rumors swirling about him being a possible Galliano successor at Dior–Ackermann proved he is definitely a designer to watch when he went to new heights today, showing a masterful play on the masculine and the feminine. Asymmetrical silhouettes with velvet, silk and satin gathered to one side seemed to be a dominate theme for the autumn season. Outerwear featured strong puffed up shoulders, slinky silhouettes and wide leather belts.