March 05, 2013 Paris
The task for Yildirim today, then, was to give himself a jump-start. Souped-up party clothes are as likely to do the trick as anything, especially in a season that's been noteworthy for its sedateness. They're also solidly in the Hakaan repertoire. Working in only black, white, and red, he showed long column gowns with a gothic sensibility, tiny slipdresses that combined matte and shine, and elaborately constructed, peplumed bustier tops worn with sheer trousers or a see-through pencil skirt—plus a couple of leather Perfectos for tossing over it all. Yildirim is a fairly talented dressmaker. The long black gowns with a bit of white peeking out from a single sleeve or the neckline were special. Overall, though, the collection was a real mix, one that lacked a convincing point of view. It wasn't the clincher he needed.