Questions of "Who is Hakaan?" that floated around London Fashion Week last season have of course been silenced this time round as he makes his debut in Paris in lieu of his scooping of the prestigious ANDAM Award. In many ways, it was a continuation of that highly charged, body-conscious LFW debut because the designer admitted that he wanted to have a brand that was recognised. A stellar top-notch casting together with a strutty attitude lent themselves well to the contoured cut-out dresses in strict shades of white, cream or black. Hakaan labelled his aesthetic a "modern minimalism" and certainly echoes of oru pre-conceived notion of minimalism could be seen in the pleated panelled minidresses, tight and long demure dresses as well as the vented pelmets that we saw from last season. Hakaan, despite the accolades and industry support doesn't take his prize winning lightly at all: " I'm very honoured - but it's quite a big responsibility so I have to work even harder than before." It's still early days yet to see how this young Turk (not in age but in seasons shown) continues to carve out his brand and his signature.
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