Just in: Haider Ackermann is leaving Berluti
Following Kim Jones and Kris Van Assche's departures (from Louis Vuitton men's and Dior Homme respectively), WWD has announced that Berluti's creative director Haider Ackermann is also leaving the brand after three seasons. This marks the third high-profile exit in menswear in two months. Its parent company, LVMH stated that it'll reveal Ackermann's successor soon, but in the meantime, there has been rife speculation over whether Kris Van Assche will be taking over the position, as it's been revealed that the Belgian designer will be taking up new roles within the group.
"I am immensely proud to have been able to put my creativity at the service of this house with an exceptional know-how, whilst working with a passionate team. I thank them for their commitment." — Haider Ackermann
Berluti's CEO, Antoine Arnault says in a statement, "Haider has been at the core of the evolution of Berluti's collections and images these past few seasons. I want to thank him for everything he has accomplished since his arrival. His feel for materials, colours, and his wonderful shows will always be linked to the history of the house."
Having only staged his first men's show under his eponymous label in 2013, Ackermann is relatively new to the menswear game, but during his time (one and a half years, to be exact) at Berluti, he managed to inject that bit of languid femininity into the brand's sartorial designs, which is loved by Hollywood stars such as Timothée Chalamet and Mahershala Ali.
Stay tuned for updates.