Haider Ackermann and sportswear giant Fila partnered for an unlikely but gratifying collaboration outside of the typical London Fashion Week schedule, presenting us with HA+F. Staged in an industrial warehouse in Manchester, known for its raves and gritty nature, the Columbian-French designer artfully mixed the opposing philosophies of beauty honed by both brands to create an electric synthesis that only drove the collection further.
The warehouse was striped bare sans for the white catwalk draped down the epicentre as well-known stars such as Andrew Garfield, Emma D’Arcy, Chloë Grace Moretz and more sat awaiting the show. As clinically white lights beamed and the music reverberated the first slew of models burst through the runway.
The first four looks of the show elucidated the shock of the collaboration between the two brands. Models donned all white as wrap-around sports sunglasses, anoraks and ‘Fila’ logo embossed leggings were prevalent. Ackermann’s designs for this collection embodied sportswear and its differing aspects as colour was gradually introduced. The next four ensembles were monochromatic in nature but more welcomed disturbances of colour as full body neon and black figure hugging suits were seen. Clearly made fit for an athlete, movement and agility as well as style was taken fruitfully into account. Bomber jackets and headwear were constant throughout, making the collection more appealing for both sports inclined individuals and lay fans of Fila.
Everyone from swimmers to party-goers were catered for with this collection. In the press release Haider Ackermann described focusing on the body for this collection and with the roots of the venue, the heritage of Fila and his own brand, the assortment of individuals somehow all came together and created this masterful runway show.
The last three looks saw the introduction of print, logomania and colours as every motif and colour seen on previous looks were combined into one. Pure hedonism, rave and somehow the refined discipline of the sports world were all seen. The crescendo saw each and every look amplified with white and black checkerboard coats and leggings styled with neon windbreakers and bomber jackets, swimming goggles and neon beanies.
With this collection Ackermann managed to create cohesiveness and wearability amongst what one may see as a cacophony of aesthetics, pairing a sportswear brand, with his well-fitted aesthetic and the abrasive yet loved nature of the venue. Catering to everything and everyone, the dynamism and joy of this collection reverberated throughout the clothing and the space. The collection drops Spring 2023, save the date!
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