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HELLO, HAIDER: Haider Ackermann is probably one of fashion’s hottest commodities right now, and on Tuesday, Saks Fifth Avenue customers and a smattering of socialites got a chance to meet him at a cocktail reception hosted by CNN reporter Alina Cho. “Saks had a very specific idea of the Haider girl so I put together a list,” Cho said of the night’s co-hosts Julie Macklowe, Coralie Charriol Paul and Cristina Cuomo. They, and guests like Josie Natori, swooned over the designer and his fall collection on display. “He is one of the best colorists I have seen in a long time,” said Ron Frasch, Saks’ president and chief merchandising officer.
As for Ackermann, the designer seemed to enjoy being the center of attention in New York. He was particularly impressed by the CFDA Awards, which he attended on a whim after Anna Wintour asked him to join her that day, even though he thought he was underdressed. “Everybody was in black tie, except for me,” he said. “Me and maybe Olivier Theyskens.”