Designer of the Moment: Haider Ackermann

Posted: June 17, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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Since the debut of Haider Ackermann’s self-titled line in 2001, the designer has made quite the impact on the fashion world. He famously used to clean toilets and is now one of the most regarded designers of our time. If you haven’t heard of him, don’t be ashamed. Ackermann avoids press, and isn’t exactly mainstream.

His precise draping and avant-garde aesthetic is simply unique. In the past year, Ackermann’s line transformed him into the designer of the moment. His Fall 2011 line was wildly noted as brilliant; both Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld sent him flowers to congratulate him.  The line was filled with draped leather jackets, impeccably hemmed trousers and extreme hair and makeup. His jackets often seem impossible to put on, but Ackermann specifically twists and manipulates his clothing to create this allusion. Some say his line is too narrow, but I praise his ability to master a single silhouette.

Watch out, Ackermann is about to get bigger. Rumor has it, he may take the role of his former mentor, John Galliano. And if that contract doesn’t appeal to him, Karl Lagerfeld told Numero magazine that he would pick Ackermann to replace him at Chanel. Yes, this man that you may have never heard of before will eventually become as iconic as Lagerfeld. And I think the replacement would be a breath of fresh air for the fashion world.

Ackermann wouldn’t pose the same personality problems as Galliano. Need I remind you that Galliano was infamously fired for his tasteless behavior this year, and then made an unfashionable trip to rehab. The sometimes oddly introspective Ackermann would be a terrific transition for Dior. His personality would again remind the industry that fashion is about the clothing, not the celebrity of the designer. Ackermann even admits he despises the public Hollywood lifestyle — match made in heaven. So keep your eyes peeled for more to come by Ackermann, and some big changes in the fashion world.

-Victoria Troxler

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