Haider Ackermann SS2012
Saturday was a special day for the Hunters regarding the fashion shows. Haider Ackermann is a designer we adore and one of the shows which were high on our wishlist, in terms of attending shows. The show of Haider Ackermann was in the morning at 10.00. For those who don’t know him a short introduction: Haider Ackermann was born in Colombia in 1971. He moved to Belgium in 1994 to study at the Royal Academy of Antwerp and worked as an intern for John Galliano. In March 2001, he presented his first collection in Paris. Haider Ackermann’s work is about contrast. The mix between high and low culture, elegance and street life. He is intrigued by cultural differences and cultural force. The purity and simply aesthetic of forms mixed with the activity and vitality of life itself.
The location of the show was an amazing place and the perfect place for the Haider Ackermann show. The show area was huge, high and dark. At the end of the catwalk there were enormous mirrors. The atmosphere was mysterious. The music intensified this mysterious feeling. The sound of loud classic musical instruments followed by the ‘song imagine all the people’ of John Lennon. The collection was inspired by Haider’s words ”You love the idea that she would steal clothes from her husband or lover”. There were menswear elements in the collection like the oversized mismatched suits, the oversized pants and wide blouses. Despite the elements of menswear the collection was very feminine, because of the fine and soft feminine materials Haider used for his collection. Translucent maxi skirts, silk blouses and tops, trousers and jackets in shiny materials. The combination of materials in the looks were splendid. A silk blouse under a leather vest combined with shiny pants. Oversized jackets with translucent skirts or blouses in beautiful colors. Deep dark colors like purple, green, silver, black and grey. But also bright colors liks orange, cobalt blue, green and white passed the runway. The designer, the ambiance, the music, the collection and last but not least the models like Saskia de Brauw and Natasha Poly ensured the Hunters even got emotional and still while writing this review there appear goosebumps on my arms.