For all their brash nonconformity, punk ideologies are extremely inclusive when it comes to values like family. If you’re a punk, then all the other punks you’ll ever meet will accept you with open arms, which is why this tribe still survives in present-day pop culture — everyone wants to feel like they belong. Haider Ackermann innately understands the attraction of belonging to a fashion family, especially since the fashionable tend to be exclusive in that notorious “you can’t sit with us” way. Punk offers the opposite ethos and, for Spring/Summer 2016, Ackermann invites everyone to join the clan with a punk-inspired collection that is tough, quirky, and filled with edgy styles.
Haider Ackermann invites everyone to join the punk clan with a collection that is tough, quirky, and filled with edgy styles.
Compared to other Fashion Month presentations, Ackermann’s was unusual to the extreme, with shrunken blazers and vests revealing bare chests, powdery pastel velvet trousers, breezy dusters, silk jumpsuits, and imaginatively constructed tops with fringed scarf attachments. Many of the looks were worn over fishnet bodysuits, and models looked the part styled with an array of rainbow-hued faux hawks with hair sweeping across the face. Even though the looks were aggressive and bold, Ackermann included delicate details, like mini ruffles that climbed up the throat or across hemlines, and silky slip dresses that were very of the moment. His girl felt very individuated, with styling that was complete from top to toe, but, paradoxically, she was distinctly part of a cool girl gang that was fresh in light of other emerging trends. Literally no one else was doing punk this season, so Ackermann’s looks stood out from the pack, which is exactly how a rebel perceives their status to begin with.
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