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HAIDER ACKERMANN

Designer Haider Ackermann is a man with a unique perception of fashion, and knows how to present himself in a way that reflects his aesthetic.

His style reflects his designs, with multiple loose drapes infused by street influences.


 
"It has never been my goal to be an avant-garde designer and it certainly would not reflect my personality. My aesthetics are certainly not revolutionary and eye-catching. It’s more about discreet, muted colours, about searching for a certain luxury of not caring, but also trying to respect and not take away the attention from the woman’s face with clothes or decoration," he has stated.

 

Almost explicitly fanatical about scarves, ragged edges, and the laid-back look, the now 37-year-old Columbia-born gentlemen might often be mistaken as an artist or Egyptologist when viewed superficially.
 But his creations are now widely acclaimed worldwide since his signature debut in Fall 2002.

He is an inspiration for fashion enthusiasts who are trying to break into the industry. Despite how "late" he started out in the industry, leaving out his internships in John Galliano and being an assistant for Belgian designer Wim Neels, he never stopped striving towards his dreams. This was eventually rewarded with the support from Raf Simons, who helped him significantly to penetrate the grid of fashion.



Although the industry is now filled with many young and fresh talents, it’s a provident reminder that though one needs a huge part of luck, an equivalent amount of perseverance is vital.