It’s official: We have a love-Haider relationship with “it” brand Haider Ackermann. If you don’t know this label yet, get thee to Google.
The acclaimed Fall 2011 collection proved this was a brand to be reckoned with and with celeb fans like the edgy Tilda Swinton there’s no end in sight for this runway darling label.
Our first inkling that this could be true love? Highway-woman-chic looks infused with rich color, sumptuous texture and luxe fabrics. It’s like Neiman’s crash-landed in a scene from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Can you imagine walking the deserted lanes of I-95 in a post-apocalyptic America? Well, it at least gets more appealing if we were to be wearing Haider Ackermann.
Lady With a Cause
With a strong Spring/Summer showing Haider Ackermann doesn’t disappoint. Some of the familiar lady nomad shapes and devil-may-care attitudes re-appeared but the season’s offering is purely unique. We are obsessed with this short-sleeve angular jacket with shoulders so sharp they could slice a baguette. The brand has created a phenomenally strong, inches from masculine, visual. But that feature is always quickly softened by jewel tones, subtle shine and easy roll tab sleeves. How this coat can feel so easy-going and utterly posh at once is a hallmark of Haider Ackermann. This family of jackets is clearly a key element of the S/S lineup but we love that the variety of colors, textures and patterns keeps the potential monotony of a staple piece from setting in.
These vestments deserve to be taken out for a night on the town and mad Instagrammed like that day you met George Clooney at Starbucks.
Enter the uber-creative bottoms, particularly the oddly tailored mix between MC Hammer pants, Hefner PJ bottoms and Ann Taylor worthy crops. Again, the angles make the pant with some versions draped and cinched in unexpected places. Others linger in the relaxed world of pant/maxi skirt cross-over. And oh the eye candy. As with the tops, the bottoms are an array of juicy plums, oranges, blues, emeralds and quirky patterns.
On the one hand the Haider Ackermann look is no errands day outfit. These vestments deserve to be taken out for a night on the town and mad Instagrammed like that day you met George Clooney at Starbucks. But even with this panache H.A. somehow achieves a level of casual cool usually reserved for less meticulously luxurious clothes.
While you might be tempted to sport your HA goods chin up and nose held high, remember the frontier spirit that’s ever-present in the HA style. The sapphire blues and ruby reds might imply aristocracy but we think this fashion is anchored in the streets, born in democracy and maybe even in mutiny. Ditch the holier-than-thou and embrace your inner fashion revolutionary.
Welcome to the (under) world of Haider Ackermann. Hopefully it will last long enough to enjoy before Will Smith shows up to save the last of mankind. Well, at least we’ll be superbly dressed.