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Brief Published: 2 Mar 2011

Hakaan: Paris Fashion Week A/W 2011-12


The first day of Paris Fashion Week saw Turkish designer Hakaan Yildirim present his latest collection at the Ritz.

Overseen by creative director Mert Alas – one half of iconic hyper-real fashion photography duo Mert and Marcus – the show was yet another testament to the dominance of the androgyny trend for the season to come.

With nude make-up, unkempt hair and bright red lips, Hakaan's models (including all the biggest names in fashion right now) were edgily seductive.

Presenting multiple notions of sexuality, 'feminine' models were highly sexed in super short leather minis, while their 'masculine' counterparts worked ankle-length coats, low-slung slacks and tuxedo jackets. Whether in a feathered mini or an oversized suit with an illicit slit to reveal a bare décolletage, both muses oozed sensuality.

The colour palette remained neutral in black, navy, grey and white throughout, with the exception of a vivid red highlight to match the models' crimson lips.