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One-to-watch: Hakaan

In designer, dress, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, In the Know on January 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

“I feel more experienced and knowledgeable than the new generation.”


Little is known about Turkish-born, London-based fashion designer Hakaan Yildirim. I’d came upon him while reading an issue of i-d, i believe i still have the issue. in true i-d style, the raw, gritty layout was hypersexual, and absolutely captivating. I learned that his runway show was filled with top models including Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone and Mariacarla Boscono. And Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell sat front and centre with Anna Wintour. Hakaan, was, and still is, the hot designer of the moment.

His debut collection (according to international fashion capital) won him the French-financed Andam Prize valued at $270,000, and judged by French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld, Andam director Nathalie Dufour, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz, Jefferson Hack of Dazed & Confused, Virginie Mouzat, critic of Le Figaro, Delphine Arnault of LVMH, Valerie Hermann of the Gucci Group and Pierre Berge, former partner of Yves Saint Laurent – isn’t that a mouthful!

This is, by far, quite a development from his 2009 collection:


the things you can do with money, it’s true. That and of course, an immense amount of passion and talent.

Hakaan has gotten better with time. His Spring/Summer 2011 collection was draped and construction with the finest silks. With accolades on the rise, he’s becoming a strong force to be reckoned with.

If I could only own a piece of Hakaan’s lusturous dresses. Ah, but that is part of what dreams may come.

But if you can, please indulge, a dress like this goes a long way.

Musing: Diane von Furstenberg and Claridge’s Interior design project

In Fashion, Fashion Heat on June 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm

So, as it was, 200 people in the creative industry were exclusively gathered at the Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair, UK in celebration of its design collaboration with fashion design icon Diane von Furstenberg. As you can imagine, all eyes were on Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow who attended the event decked-out in all-black designer ensembles. But there were other, lesser-known attendees that were worthy of at least some fashion nods.  I say, to even be considered for an invitation from Ms. von Furstenberg means you must have sniffed in the right direction, someway, somehow.

Tom Ford is that beautiful man who every joe should aspire to be: sexy, seductive and effortless. You can’t imagine how many women out there gripe at his gayness. But you know, gay or straight, this fashion icon always looks clean, even with a bit of stubble (as seen here). And what’s he wearing? You guessed it, Tom Ford.

Supermodel extraordinaire Natalia Vodianova always radiates. This russian-born princess is a true rags-to-riches story. She’s one of the few catwalkers who has made the successful transition to the fairytale life. Dressed a silk chiffon purple dress with off-white Christian Louboutins, what can you really say about her? And to think that she has two kids.

Sure Mark Ronson has made the best-dressed list of countless men’s magazines. But haven’t you noticed how this awkwardly tall producer pulls off awkwardly tight floods? He’s working that doo-wop style to his advantage.

Ah, Joan Collins, the dynasty queen. She’s the one who made power shoulders and tacky-texan bela beauty a phenomenon. And as you can see, she’s traded in the bouffant for a subtler bob, but she’s still absolutely stunning.

I thoroughly enjoy artist Tracey Emin. She always looks like she’s having fun and she carries off her looks with an immense amount of confidence. In effect her outfits always work.

All I know about Bailey is that she’s a model – of some sort. The Chanel floor-length dress is worth noting. And she’s enviously waif (naturally). Not many can pull off Chanel; either it’s geared towards the haggard and old, or verythin. Preferrably both. Luckly, Bailey falls in the latter category. She did this one well.