Haider Ackermann, one of Belgium’s hottest names on the Paris runway calendar, will stage his first major runway show outside of France this summer at Pitti Imagine, in an important coup for the Florence, Italy-based trade show.
Colombian-born Ackermann launched his eponymous label in 2001 and immediately won acclaim for his avant-garde draping, subtle use of leather and fashion sensibility which borders on abstract art. A graduated of the famed Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ackermann made his runway debut in Paris in 2002. After quickly garnering critical kudos, Ackermann won the prestigious Swiss Textiles Award in 2004.
Though primarily a men’s fashion event, the Florentine trade fair has developed a growing importance in women’s fashion and this season will mark the 6th edition of Pitti W. Since its launch, Pitti has always staged two large runway shows or fashion events curated by major league international designers, one for women, one for men. Recent guests have included Giambattista Valli, Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne and Adam Kimmel. Any invitation to show in Pitti is regarded as an honor and confirmation that a brand or designer is a key player or creator of merit in the world of fashion. Check out I Love Belgium’s runway review of Ackermann’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection.
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