During the next Pitti Immagine edition in Florence, designer Haider Ackermann will showcase his talents for the sixth edition of Pitti W_Precollections while Jil Sander will headline the 78th Edition of Pitti Uomo, Jun. 15-18, 2010, with its new men’s collection.

“We are very happy that Haider Ackermann and Jil Sander have accepted our invitation because they both represent that outstanding ability to develop original concepts in fashion, which is precisely what we look for in our work with fashion designers,” said Lapo Cianchi, director of communications and events for Pitti Immagine.

“We have been tracking Haider Ackermann since his first shows in Paris and now that his poetic, his visionary talent and his feeling for memory have come together with increasing dramatic and seductive force, we decided that the time has come to offer him a different stage – our stage where he can feel free to continue his personal story or perhaps even be inspired to experiment with something new. We too are very curious,” Cianchi added.

“If this is a Florence debut for Jil Sander, one of the driving forces in luxurious and innovative men’s fashion, for Raf Simons, its creative director, it is a comeback after several fashion projects,” he said. “I believe that the brand and its creative director know what to expect here at Pitti: places and opportunities that will leverage the concept of this upcoming presentation. And as for us, having seen his recent work for Jil Sander, we are again – or rather still – fascinated by his extraordinary ability to be in step with the times.”

—Maria Cristina Pavarini