There is always a a certain magic in the air, an enigmatic atmosphere that sets the tone of Haider Ackermann shows. This season's défilé held in the sumptuous “Salons de l'Hôtel de Ville” was no different.
His gently lengthened, sharp and impeccably tailored silhouettes are usually set in motion through soft drapes, casual knotting and undulating folds. Every outfit of Haider Ackerman comes with an intense dramatic twist: soothing violin music rhythmed by a dominating beat accompanies Nat King Coles' voice on “Autumn Leaves”. No need to say that Haider Ackermann's utterly serene setting touched the audience, that wouldn't stop applauding, even before the show finale.
Maybe it's his nomadic childhood, spent traveling through Africa, that made Haider Ackermann crave for earthy and warm colors, we don't know, but his beautiful shades of striking apricot, burnt umber, copper and burgundy perfectly matched more ashy and cold shades of dark blue, off gray and khaki. The appealing pairing of crinkled leather peplum jackets with high-waisted flared pants – the focus this season is definitely set on a feminine waist – came along with closely fitted long pencil skirts, cinched dresses and tops with a revealing yet classy V-shaped cleavage.
Rumor has it that an opulent flower bouquet has been sent to the Dior Headquarters in Haider Ackermann's name. The race for the next Dior designer goes on – Ackermann's undeniable seductiveness surely fits the bill.