Haider Ackermann

Paris: Characterized by a rich palette, opulent fabrics, artful drapery and serpent-like silhouettes, Haider Ackermann’s S/S 12 collection spoke to all of the designer’s strengths. Ensembles were built around luxurious menswear-inspired suiting separates; elegant blouses, most featuring a veil, hood or ascot collar, were sprinkled in, along with occasional chiffon gowns and mermaid skirts. Fancy paisley and plaid motifs decorated a few of the tailored garments, as well as the slipper-like oxford mules that punctuated most getups. –Whitney Kessler

Silhouette: Strong shoulders / Ballooning bottom / Mermaid

Color: Jewel tones / Industrial metallics / Burnt orange / Olive / Navy / Burgundy / Cobalt / Powder blue / Dusty lilac / Champagne / Black / White

Key Items: Silk suit / Masculine blazer / Tapered trouser / Leather vest / Ascot blouse / Robe-coat / Sheer skirt / Boxy bomber

Print + Pattern: Plaid / Paisley

Materials: Lamé / Linen / Chiffon / Leather / Jersey / Satin / Brocade

Details + Trim: Draping and wrapping / High-low hems / Trains / Shawl collars / Self-belts / Hoods and veils / Racerbacks / Fringe / Sequins / Ascot collars / Buckled straps / Asymmetry / Accordion pleats

Accessories + Footwear: Oxford mules / Wide, hip-slung leather belts

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