February 28, 2011 Paris
The Hakaan show definitely was glam. It had all the top models, half of them in short, skintight dresses of the kind that helped Yildirim land last year's ANDAM Prize. For Fall the frocks came in red, black, or white, and often they were sleeveless, the better to appreciate Natalia Vodianova's guns, er, biceps. Some had flippy skirts that put you in mind of Azzedine Alaïa. The other half of the collection was more of a surprise. That would be the half where you might encounter an androgynous, oxford shoe-wearing girl in a boxy gray wool pantsuit in a fabric that says "not interested." "No hips," explained Alas of the directive he gave the models preshow. Yildirim loosened up last season's catsuits considerably; tonight's all-in-one might've married sheer and opaque, but it didn't look like you'd need to worry about splitting a seam if you exerted yourself on the dance floor. Black leather outerwear likewise had an oversize, masculine feel.
Yildirim's partnership with Alas, even more than the ANDAM award, has guaranteed him a crowd almost as A-list as his models. It's still early days for his brand. He gets points for delivering on one of the season's biggest trends so far: masculine-feminine.