You know the clothes are impressive when they outshine anexcruciating presentation. Haider Ackermann’s models zombie strolledacross the floor, first to apocalyptic rumblings on the soundtrack, thento the forlorn breathiness of model-turned-musician Alvin ScottBarnhill emoting his spoken rendition of an old classic: “Some day he’llcome along, the man I love. And he’ll be big and strong, the man Ilove.” In your dreams and mine, pal. Cheer up and enjoy the clothes.

Downersville was not Ackermann’s stated intention. “I just didn’twant this violence of brights or this orgy of colors,” he said. “I justwanted to be very calm. It was serene.” It was indeed, and beautifullyso. This designer is not a man of quantum seasonal leaps, so the lack ofcolor was a major message as he kept to combinations of black, gray,brown and white, with a trio of vibrant all-white looks injected nearthe end.

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