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Haider Ackermann Is (Almost) Ready For His First Trunk Show


It’s been three years since Haider Ackermann has been to New York, but his current week-long visit might just change that. “I like that things can get done very easily here. Americans are very enthusiastic,” said Ackermann last night at a cocktail party in his honor at Saks Fifth Avenue. “I get done with meetings and then I just want to go to my hotel and really work.” In addition to jogging daily in Central Park, the Columbian-born and Belgian-trained designer is partaking in another very American phenomenon: the trunk show.

Today’s event at Saks (from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) will actually be his first ever, and at this maiden venture, Ackermann expressed a degree of concern. “They make me uncomfortable,” he confessed. “It scares me when I have to talk to strangers.” Though, considering his highly affable manner, that fear will likely subside. Then there’s also his smash success of a Spring collection to smooth any kinks in potential designer-client interactions. Ackermann reported that stores bought heavily into the looks with curving kimono-inspired collars and the fluid straight-cut trousers. It was another story with his foray into rich, jeweled color, a marked departure from the land of the moody hue, that made editors cheer at his Paris show. “People got scared of the color,” Ackermann said. “But I believe in it. These colors are so deep and intense that there’s no vulgarity to it. They make you want to stand up straight.” (Sounds like someone’s got his pitch down.) And is he continuing that bright path for fall? The designer laughed, “What do you think?”

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