More change has come at LVMH. The luxury conglomerate announced the departure of Haider Ackermann from Berluti after having served as Creative Director for three seasons. A successor has not been named yet, but speculators predict that former Dior Homme Artistic Director Kris Van Assche will take over from where Haider left off.
Colombian-born French designer Ackermann joined Berluti in September 2016 and applied his signature design sensibilities to the label. Ackermann’s designs for Berluti are unique in that they can be styled effortlessly with the designer’s namesake label. Fall 2018, his last collection for the label for instance, featured buttery leather outfits in primary and bold colors that could’ve been presented with his label’s luxurious and relaxed offering.
Antoine Arnault, CEO of Berluti, said in a statement, “Haider has been at the core of the evolution of Berluti’s collections and image 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”.
Ackermann added, “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.”
Ackermann, who turned 47 years old on Thursday, presented his first menswear collection at Pitti Uomo in 2010 and launched menswear for his label in 2013 for the spring 2014 season. His menswear collections do not stray far from his personal style.
The change at Berluti is the latest in a slew of director changes at LVMH. So far, Kim Jones has left Louis Vuitton to succeed Kris Van Assche at Dior Homme, and Virgil Abloh was named as Jones’ successor. Also, Hedi Slimane was named as Phoebe Philo’s successor at Céline. Kris Van Assche is believed to succeed Haider Ackermann at Berluti, because LVMH said he would take a director role at one of the Houses in the company.