style brick road: Haider, how u doin'?

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Haider, how u doin'?

If someone had asked me to choose one designer I would wear for the rest of my life, without having any other piece of clothing but his/hers - right off the bat, I'd have say Haider Ackermann
It's that kind of style that's season-less, genre-less or trend-less. You know what are you going to get for each season, with always and much needed slight shifts in terms of materials/colour schemes, it's that luxurious maximalism both retro and futuristic in its own style. The shiny reversed silks he always uses have become his signature, and I think no one else dares to even try to touch his skill of handling it. A true king of layering.
Dreaming perhaps?: Haider Ackermann's vision for AW 2014 is one I'd love to see more often
His latest menswear collection inspired me to get all layered-up and (trying-to-look) effortlessly bundled into a fashionable pile of material. Cuffs that are pulled up and poking out, layers that are cinched in all the right places with dreamlike outerwear is singing from Haider's Autumn Winter 2014 collection. A slight hint of prints become statement pieces, but the base is just the perfectly balanced dove-grey, most elegant colour in the world. I already see myself wearing it - but that probably won't happen soon. The person that became somewhat of Haider's muse is one of the most stylish people out there - the stunning Tilda Swinton. Her androgynous features and statuesque looks match designer's aesthetic just about perfectly. Her ability to wear layers of clothing is majestic - to style her would be a real dream come true.
Androgynous chic: The epiphany of what 21st century fashion is all about - Tilda Swinton
In blogger lingo, the title of the queen of layering must go to the NYC gal everyone wants to be - Man Repeller's Leandra Medine. She's literally built her blog on so-called man repelling pieces (things  women love and men hate) and the moment of layering them up into perfectly fashionable little outfits. Of course - her oh, so humorous writing and unique wit heavily contributed, but the biggest reason I love her is the careless and 'I fell in the bundle of clothes and here's what I got out with' get-ups are just about what fashion is all about. Eclecticism and layers.
Witty & layery: Leandra Medine posts her casually thrown-own boho/hobo chic styles together with her witty charm to manrepeller.com
My Croatian point is a very strong one this time. Truly one of the most successful and creative fashion designers on the scene are Ogi Antunac and Zoran Mrvoš who stand behind their brand Link. I was a big fan of their dark womenswear for forever, but they really got to my head with their A/W 2013 menswear collection. After that particular moment, their own vision became one of my fashion week favourites. The latest one is definitely another winner - A/W 2014 is tough, obscure, strong and offensive minded. There's no excuses coming with those somehow minimalistic yet truly interesting and intricate pieces, and that's how I like it. The trousers they made are still on my wishlist, and I'm truly saving up some money to get me a pair of those. I truly don't know why I don't have them already.
The vision of menswear: Sounds quite cheeky, but Link AW 2013 menswear doesn't even look like it's Croatian
His or hers?!: For AW 2014, Zoran and Ogi had their own unisex vision of layered fashion
So I had to choose my 'Ackermann'-ish layery pieces out of my closet that's both out of Haider and out of Antunac&Mrvoš. It (like in most cases) fell to the choice of using mostly H&M pieces and combining them with some retro/vintage moments just to stay off that trend-on-trend route (which I'm not against!). I truly fell the tiniest glimpse of the high fashion moment wearing this outfit, but that was probably due to my intoxication on Haider Ackermann style. It's all about playing with proportions, tricking the eye of the viewer and creating a storyline that suits your own personality. A little game called fashion - you really should try it. 
thrifted Italian-made trench coat_daniel wellington classic bristol lady watch_bershka scarf_everything else from h&m

xx d.