London: Who is Hakaan? Where did he come from, and why did Carine Roitfeld make a special trip to London just to see his show? These were the questions on every fashionista’s mind, as the buzz about his show spread throughout London Fashion Week like wildfire. The Turkish designer who recently won a fashion competition in Istanbul caught the eye of famed photographers Mert & Marcus, who convinced their friend Carine that this designer’s show was a must-see. All present were wowed by his clean, architectural style and his technical prowess. Garments were built out at the hips and shoulders with molded panels of stiff, often textured fabric, creating a mood that was at once tough and seductive. Shiny black leather added drama and was used for ultra-slim pants, outerwear or slashed into tiny stripes and intricately woven into jackets and tops. Bits of fur and feathers were a feminine counterbalance to the more aggressive looks. With a strong, cohesive collection and friends in high places, Hakaan is sure to be the most-talked-about new designer at London Fashion Week.

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