3 Reasons Why We’re Excited About Haider Ackermann Joining Berluti

The new creative director position is effective immediately.

BY Janie Cai | Sep 9, 2016 | Fashion

Photograph by Mark Abrahams

Haider Ackerman’s just been announced as the Parisian luxury label’s new creative director. The 121-year-old maison, which is owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH, and overseen by Antoine Arnault, has taken serious steps to position itself at the forefront of luxury menswear. With its previous creative director—Alessandro Sartori—having departed for Ermenegildo Zegna, Ackermann has some rather large shoes to fill. But here’s why we’re pretty psyched at his appointment.

1 | Acker-who?

In this day and age where every designer is also a media celebrity with more per-minute updates on every single social media channel than a teenager with unlimited data, Ackerman’s a refreshing change. This Colombian-born, Antwerp-trained fashion designer with his eponymous label might not be as well-known in Singapore, especially outside fashion circles (although our little red dot can thank Club21 for first introducing the brand here) but he’s an incredibly talented designer who’s been building up a strong following of loyal fans with his softly layered, louche silhouettes. Ackermann first launched his official menswear line in 2013 and he’s already amassed some famous fans, including one Kanye West.

2 | Poetry in Motion

Ackermann’s romantically-led aesthetic, the fluid, generous lines of his menswear, the richly-patterned, textured fabrics he’s disposed to, all add up to a sensuous masculinity—but one that he’s tampered with a sharp attitude. Contrast this to Berluti’s tailored elegance, discreet luxury and enormous expertise with leather and…well, at this point, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen. His first show will be in January 2017 for the A/W17 collection and we’re already excited to see what form it takes.

3 | A man of the world

Born in Colombia and adopted by a French family, his father’s occupation as a map-maker resulted in the family living in Algeria, Ethiopia, Chad and France before finally moving to the Netherlands. Ackermann later moved to Belgium to study fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp, after which, he then moved to Paris to work as a designer. With so much exposure to different cultures growing up, Ackermann draws on this vast well of inspiration for his collections. And in this increasingly-interconnected world, he’s perhaps perfectly positioned to know just what Berluti's internationally diverse, extremely wealthy and urbane clientele, wants. Before they do, of course.