Mirror mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all?
It might just be Haider Ackermann, whose fall/winter 2014 menswear show in Paris on Wednesday had an almost fairytale romanticism to it. One that conjured up cinematic images of a debonair Mr. Darcy and wind swept stolen kisses on the hills of Wuthering Heights.
The models, wearing cropped drop crotch tapered pants with layers of voluminous dressing shirts, waistcoats, velvet jackets and cocooning overcoats, looked dashing. Particularly when finished off with the flamboyant, but oh so crucial, finishing touch of a skillfully wrapped and tied scarf to frame the face. Nobody drapes textiles like Ackermann.
One by one the models walked out onto a central stage that was decorated with a number of long folding mirrors. As the men, and a few women, mulled about the space those reflective images made it possible to appreciate Ackermann’s craftsmanship from all angles.
The richness of the winter fabrics, the option of a bold ethnic black and white patterned textile were a few key pieces, and the choice to show it all in a muted color palette made for a perfect blend. One that should pull at the heartstrings of any man with a quixotic world view.