Amongst a line-up of emerging talents, designer Heidi Ackerman stood out as one of the highlights from the Fall 2011 runway shows at this year’s Alternative Fashion Week (FAT) in Toronto. Along with accessories creator Lindsay Sinclair, the Toronto designer presented a muted collection based in a neutral palette of grey, white and polished champagne hues. We spoke to Ackerman following her show to find out the inspiration behind the collection, dubbed Future Memories:
Tell us about the mood and inspiration behind your Fall 2011 collection:
“The inspiration for the collection was a feeling of being out of time & place.”
Your show opened with a short fashion film, how did that idea develop?
“We were invited by FAT to participate in their new IFFF (International Fashion Film Festival) series. Fashion film is an interesting way to communicate the feeling for the collection and help set the mood for the runway show. I am interested in creating a complete atmosphere through styling, music and film when presenting a collection.”
What was the concept behind the accessories that complimented your designs?
“Lindsay and I wanted to see how we could combine our two different fields, industrial and fashion design, to create bent wood “accessories” which became more like adornments then accessories.”
Watch Heidi Ackerman’s “Future Symphony” fashion film directed and produced by Thirty9Steps: