May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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AN ARTICULATED SENSUALITY
Paris: Last season, Hakaan Yildirim experienced every designer’s worst nightmare. His entire collection was stolen while in transit from his London studio to his Paris venue, and he was forced to cancel his show. Thankfully, his current collection made it in one piece, and Hakaan offered up the seductive garments that have made him a new favorite among fashion followers. With a controlled palette of black, white, and lipstick red, the pieces hugged and enhanced curves and showed skin with sheer panels and cutouts. The designer has worked with fur, leather, and feathers in the past, and the sumptuous materials added a luxurious touch to this outing, as well. The most interesting element of the collection was the intricate articulation of the necklines. They were notched, gathered, and pieced into clean geometric shapes, giving the garments a futuristic feel. Hakaan’s absence on the Paris calendar last season did not go unnoticed; it was good to have his inimitable brand of sexy back for fall. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Mermaid / Long and lean / Body-con / Constructed hourglass / Rounded
Color: Black / Bright white / Lipstick red
Key Items: Body-con dresses / Evening gowns / Tailored trousers / Peplum tops
Materials: Crepe / Chiffon / Suitings with a sheen / Satin / Power-mesh / Charmeuse / Leather / Lustrous haircalf / Jacquard / Luxe fur / Stiff organza
Details + Trim: Articulated necklines / Piecing / Sheer panels / Cutouts / Spaghetti straps / Bustier details / Pleats / High slits / Self-belts / Ostrich feathers / Peplums / Beading
Accessories + Footwear: Wide leather belts with gold clasps / Pointy-toe pumps / Open-toe knee-high boots / Flat oxfords with cutouts
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