Thoughtful and clever artistry at Haider Ackerman

Paris: Haider Ackerman’s Autumn/Winter collection moved away from his usual languid tailoring and instead, presented a lean multi-layered graphic lineup of streetwise pieces. There was still the clever artistry omnipresent within the styling of the silhouettes – from leather pleated skirts, pieced, wrapped and cut asymmetrically that worked with cropped blouson jackets, skinny leather leggings and loosely tied blouses that bore a slight punk-like appeal to the cleverly worked juxtaposition of prints – checkerboards patterns,  animal prints, zigzagging tweeds and small masculine checks – melded together in coats and trousers, without jarring the visual appeal. Ackermann said he thought about “the failures of life” when he began designing this collection “When you have to repair, stitch, you take old tweeds and do a patchwork.” Consequently, oversized whipstitching held materials together, loosely stitched over the waistbands of tailored trousers and repeated in the raw cut frills decorating feminine blouses, while a jumpsuit encapsulated the sleek and elegant proportions expected from Ackerman. Accentuated shoulders pervaded throughout, providing elegant proportions in fluid military-esque coats and ‘kimono’ styled jackets. – Lizzy Bowring

Theme: Masculine/feminine with a dash of Japanese street

Key Items: Cropped jackets / Cropped cigarette pants / Leather leggings / Tailored kimono style coats / Drop waist long pleated skirts / Singlet / Duster coats / Tunic / All-in-one / Turtleneck / Ruffled blouse / Masculine overcoat

Colour: Black / Navy / Purple / Pale salmon  

Materials and Trims: Tweed / Silk satin / Wool / Silk georgette / Boucle with lurex threads

Print and Pattern: Animal / Checkerboard / Polka dots

Footwear and Accessories: Long gloves / Wide belts / Neck ties / Ankle boots

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