Haider Ackermann is the new creative director of Berluti
Winds of change
Berluti has just confirmed the appointment of Haider Ackermann as the label's new creative director, in an interesting turn of musical chairs that have underscored the fashion industry as of late. After previous creative director Alessandro Sartori stepped down earlier this year to return to Zegna as artistic director, rumours surfaced in July about Ackermann being the potential candidate to take over the position. Known for his edgy womenswear that incorporate plenty of velvet, vivid jewel tones and ultra-cool low-slung pants, Ackermann only recently unveiled a menswear line in 2013 at his first Paris show, amassing a celebrity audience including Kanye West and A$AP Rocky. According to WWD, Ackermann's appointment is a timely one that will focus on Berluti's merging of high-end tailoring and casual influences—note that Sartori has left an athleisure-inclined legacy that's built on its best-selling luxury sneaker, the Playfield. Ackermann will debut his first collection for Berluti in Paris come January 2017 for the upcoming Autumn/Winter'17 season.