Haider Ackermann inspires at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum

At the ROM’s crystal event space this week, 119 Corbo welcomed internationally recognized designer, Haider Ackermann. The purpose? To give Toronto an up close and personal look at his Fall 2010 collection, already shown on the international stage.

A palette consisting of greys, blacks and browns boasted dripping swaths of fabric that issued a moth-bitten aesthetic. Almost cob-web like, it was paired with laser cut leather and the finest silks. Each piece was impressive, conjuring tears of joy and nods of approval from Toronto’s most esteemed editors.

Peplums offered a nowness complete with trapunto collars. Finishing details included a chic belting method that mimicked boa constriction – Ackermann thought of a head to toe look and each model walked with confidence that only well-tailored and impressively crafted garments could inspire.

Other collar details included a wrap-finish that conjured images of a blooming rose. There is surely a refinement to Ackermann’s designs, but in addition to their strong structure is a nod to femininity. Nothing, for Ackermann, is sacrificed.

In a discussion with Ackermann, he commented, “the woman I design for is confident, artful and seeks something outside of the normal.” When I asked about his upcoming June 16th menswear debut, he said “the man I am designing for seeks the Ackermann woman. He wants to meet her and be with her.” I became excited by his later suggestion that he should dress me, which was likely a designer stock suggestion, but I’ll take it.

As far as I am concerned, if Ackermann’s man is anything like his woman, he has nothing to be nervous about. His sophisticated designs coupled with his humble attitude make this Paris-based designer one of the best in the business today.

Thanks to 119 Corbo for bringing a bit of Europe to our burgeoning fashion centre. All fashion shows should be this glamourous.

Those interested in buying pieces from Ackermann’s collections can buy them exclusively in Toronto at 119 Corbo. Let the riots ensue.

photos by Kevin Naulls, Dressed for Dinner


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