"Nothing else looks good when you've just seen the magician," commented one awestruck buyer after Haider Ackermann's FW18 show in Paris.
Haider is one of the must-see designers on the jam-packed Paris schedule, thanks to his balls-to-the-wall aesthetic and unique vision that's completely uninterested in what's hot right now. There's no sneakers, logos, or XXXL-sized hoodies here — Ackermann puts his men and women in retina-searing tailoring, fashion-pirate trousers and shimmering metallic silks.
His work is gloriously impractical — the sort of shit you wear when you have nothing else to do but lounge around in a marble fashion palace — and so outrageously OTT that you can't help but lust after it even if you could never, ever see yourself wearing it.
Haider trades in statement pieces, but particular highlights from his FW18 wardrobe included mega-baggy, high-sheen bombers (the future of menswear is slick and shiny, ICYMI) and a smorgasbord of pieces adorned in jaw-dropping, oriental-tinged embroidery.
On a schedule dominated by luxe-street heavyweights — both OFF-WHITE and Heron Preston showed on the same day — you can't help but love Haider for his sheer Haider-ness, even if the price points are stratospheric and the silhouettes completely impossible to pull off. Just sit back and watch the master work his magic.