Last night, Saks Fifth Avenue threw a private cocktail party on the iconic department store’s third floor to celebrate the fall collection of Haider Ackermann, whose name seems to be on everyone’s lips lately. The crowd was intimate and chic. The gathering was hosted by CNN’s Alina Cho and when we arrived, Haider was mingling with Elisa Sednaoui (who looked amazing) and seemed to be having a well-deserved good time. He held a trunk show earlier that day and had just done the same at Saks in Beverly Hills. The designer, who resides in Paris, has found the whole experience very interesting. “You get to know people and there’s a different approach to everything and also it’s a way to try to understand your American market and that is quite excellent to have," he told us. "Tomorrow, I’m going to spend some moments here to meet the clients who are buying our clothes."
While he's happy to meet his customers, it seems he wouldn't mind some time off "to just be alone and to wander the streets and just to absorb the city because you see all kinds of different cultures and all kinds of different people here. All of that intrigues me and inspires me.”
However, his tone changed when I asked about Spring 2012. “The next collection? I definitely cannot talk about that. I absolutely cannot talk about this. It’s something very intimate I’m still working on, so I don’t know where it’s gonna go or which direction it’s gonna take.”
Although Haider has made it perfectly clear that no names shall be named regarding all of the offers he’s gotten (and turned down), I had to wonder--what would the conditions have to be for him to cave and go for it? Rather than talk about money or control or resources, his priority is more about vision. “That we both look at the same direction and have the same dreams...that those persons should not look at me and me not look at them but we both look a certain direction and have the same goal together.”
Has all the press and media about him been tough to deal with? As far as his collection goes, it's all good. "At the moment, everything has been going so well. I’m so well supported, so it doesn’t touch me that deeply. It’s only compliments so far." On all the opinions everyone wants to have regarding which house he should go to or what he should do--"I will decide on my own what I’m capable to do or what I would like to do. People can always have their opinion and I’m willing to listen but at the end of the day, I make my own decisions."
**Photo by Billy Farrell Agency