Where exactly do I begin?
There is no doubt that Haider Ackermann is currently a favorite of the entire fashion industry. Uncle Karl even has been quoted in an interview saying that his replacement of choice, should he choose to step down from his throne at the house of Chanel, is the Columbian-born, Haider Ackermann. It’s on record that the house of Maison Martin Margiela offered him the position of Creative Director, which he turned down and if you think about it a little even Anna Wintour has given her seal of approval via the Spring 2011 Fashion Issue of Vogue Magazine when she selected Lady Gaga dressed in a gown by the Antwerp-trained designer as the cover. Should he really need any more accolades?
So of course it came as no surprise that his name was tossed into the ringer for the Dior job after Galliano’s untimely – or well in this case timely – demise. It was quickly swept away though, as the rumour about Riccardo Tisci at Dior took on a bit of steam, carrying behind it a move for Ackermann to Givenchy to replace Tisci – which would have put Ackermann as next in line for the Dior seat, at whatever point Tisci decided to retire.
But with that job position still open, only being temporarily filled by Bill Gayten, the former assistant of Dior, talk has begun to focus elsewhere though there is a little chatter about candidates for the job.
But if ever there had been a collection that Haider proved his worth for the House of Dior, it was this: Fall 2012. Ackermann has always seemed to craft organic garments, that seem to grow like beautiful flowers, blossoming before our eyes as they move across the runway, reacting to movement and wind. It’s this aspect of Ackermann that assures me that he will and can keep the central tenets of the house alive. But it’s the dark emotion, and innate talent that assures me that Ackermann can push the house forward. And with Raf Simons, Marc Jacobs and Riccardo Tisci all apparently out of the running for the Dior job, who else is there?