Thursday, January 16, 2014

BEAUTY: Clothing--Haider Ackermann

Paris Fashion Week for men is underway. The outrageous, eye-popping shows are coming fast and furious, so let's jump right in.

Hard to believe that his '14-'15 Fall-Winter collection is only Haider Ackermann's second for men. His debut men's collection for the SS '14 season, seen here, was pretty amazing, and this follow-up does not fall into a sophomore slump. We again see a gloriously loose, unkempt, slouchy style, buoyed by the innovative cuts of his clothing (check out those incredible trousers in the third set of photos down, on the left). But new is the sense of Dandy-ism. Indeed, these men rolled and layered in beautifully patterned jacquard, silk, flannel, and wool (I love that tight geometric black and white pattern) could be drugged out Symbolist poets of old France, debauched and drunk Edwardians, or they could simply be New York City rockers on a morning walk of shame in their disheveled clothing--and amazing scarves, all of which I covet--from the night before. Except they have no shame, just a knowing, confidently sexy sense of decadent style.

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