Haider Ackermann uttered only two words to describe his spring/summer 2017 show: “chaos” and “order”. And those were enough. His catwalk was ablaze with colour and contrasting structures, while dyes bled into white silk and splattered on to brocade. The designer’s typical low-slung loose tailoring – revealing vertical slivers of torso – was offset by the goddess-like Grecian gowns that followed. The same contrast was seen in the fluid pleated chiffons worn over skin-tight leather leggings and in the structured tailcoats, bustiers and super high-waist trousers. There was certainly method in this madness. Here are a few pop-culture characters that Because could definitely enjoy Ackerman’s eclectic collection.

Carrie Bradshaw from the Sex and the City series

The show’s opening look was similar to the midriff belt sported by Carrie Bradshaw in season four episode 15 of Sex and the City. While fans were never so sure about this particular style, especially on anything but washboard abs, Ackermann joined up the dots for us. The designer contextualised the belt as part of a deconstructed leather jacket and suddenly it all made sense.

Gareth Gates as himself

Unmistakable to millennials is the spikey hair that haunted them back when Gareth Gates missed out on the Pop Idol crown in 2002. Ackermann’s models are no stranger to a wacky hairdo, often donning some sort of wire manipulation, head-gear or face mesh while walking the runway. These ironed spikes were a little longer than Gates’, but they certainly had the same crunchy, over-gelled consistency.

Avril Lavigne as herself

We can’t help but notice a few looks suited to another early noughties singer – skater girl Avril Lavigne. Ackermann’s monochrome stripe skinny scarf should definitely be hanging in the Canadian pop star’s closet. While the designer draped the strip of silk precariously across a model’s bare chest, we think Avril would have donned hers with a tank top, some eyeliner, a pair of baggy jeans and a spiky cuff or two.

Hugh Hefner of Playboy as himself

This trench coat cut in lustrous fuchsia satin has all the makings of a luxurious dressing gown and the shirt’s long lapels (sans placket) make it more silk pyjamas than suit. But no one rocks a robe quite like Hugh Hefner: we can see him cavorting in the playboy mansion or walking the red carpet wearing this Ackerman look. Best of all, it comes in an appropriately Playboy shade of hot pink!

Samantha Jones from Sexy and the City (2008)

We are sorry, but not too sorry, to be bringing in yet another Sex and the City reference. Ackerman’s brocade coat splattered in pearly red paint and outlined in gold definitely didn’t happen by mistake. But, the blood red pigment soiling white fabric provokes an immediate thought in our minds: when Samantha Jones was doused in paint by animal rights protestors in the first film. While Samantha’s surprised scorn does her no favours, Edie Campbell works this look like a pro.

Text by Abigail Southan