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Monday, 20 September 2010

Haider Ackermann

Where edgy, off beat urban fashion is concerned several brands spring to mind, but throw in a quirky uniqueness for leather and structure and Haider Ackermann manages to make it to the forefront of the brain.
The Colombian designer launched his namesake line in 2001 after graduating from the Antwerp Fashion Academy of Fine Arts where other designers such as Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester blossomed from the same creative tree. Ackermann then went onto intern at John Galliano's Paris offices, and later became the assistant to his former academy teacher. Following strong industry encouragement, Ackermann presented his first, self-financed women's collection in Paris for Autumn/Winter 2002. As the brand continues to grow under the recognition of its avant garde draping, fitted and laser cut leather, as does Ackermann’s reputation. From then to now the brand has gone from strength to strength and this season Ackermann has received acclaim from some of the toughest reviewers in the business. His fall 2010 collection, shown in Paris was one fashionista’s could agree, worth swooning over before the fights broke out to become the first to own the best parts of the collection.
Ackermann’s laser cutting fall 2010 designs push it into that bracket of brands all trend setters must adorn there wardrobes with. You need only to look at Lanvin and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s fall 2010 collections to see they to have taken on this new idea of cutting cloth. We’ve seen it try to burst its way through the seams of sensibility for the last few seasons but now it appears as though the threads have finally come loose and it is ready to set foot in every boutique in London. First stop Browns Fashion. It is here we turn out attention to one of the best ways to wear laser cut leather, and of course I am talking about none other than the master of this trend, Haider Ackermenn. His runway show was adorned with beautifully sculptural jackets including face framing collars and asymmetric hemlines. Not forgetting to mention the new extra long length skirts and capes that are already being swept of the fashion floors and onto the backs of those celebs who can’t wait to get there next fashion fix. It was indisputably a phenomenally crafted and artistically executed show however if an all over laser pattern dress and a deeply structured jacket isn’t your idea of a relaxed weekend look, don’t despair Ackermann has the perfect solution; the laser cut ankle boot.
With there exposed zip detail, press stud fastenings and inventive detailing what is not to love about these hot fashion forward works of art. The almond shape toe and five inch heel will make you walk tall and stand proud as you show the world you no how fashion works and what is coming next. The perfect off duty look can be created by teaming with tights and a short leather skirt, for style that blends femininity with urban grungy undertones. For your image to scream edginess, team with pieces from Margiela or Rick Owens who’s collections appeal to the same market as the Ackermann brand.
So what does the future hold for a brand that has gone from strength to strength with its previous collections? Well it seams another step up the fashion ladder which has been well and truly justified by the storming success of their spring summer 2011 collection which this season included men’s wear for the first time. An extension of his women’s wear designs, the draped leather and unique cuts could be recognised from a mile of but Ackermann admitted he found it harder to design for men as he is the consumer saying ‘women’s wear is something I fantasize, but with men’s wear, you are comparing it to yourself.’ However not a hint of a flaw was seen when the male models stepped out in there costume like trousers scattered with mirrored patchworks and brocades all in a boho nomad spirit.
So become one with laser cut leather this season and embrace the trend that will soon be seen wrapt around everyone who’s anyone’s hips, feet and arms. Ackermann is the only way to do it right so choose your pieces wisely and remember less is more. Dig out your key staples for the best way to really make a fashion statement.

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