Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Bonjour! Controversy at Paris Fashion Week

It’s been a rather controversial start to Paris Fashion Week with all the trouble surrounding John Galliano and Dior. Rumour has it that Dior have now severed all ties with the famed designer after claims emerged citing Galliano as racist. Despite a somewhat somber start to the week, designers are working extra hard to lift the tone and re-focus the attention on the clothes.

Turkish designer Hakaan Yildirim made sure that his AW11 collection on day 1 was remembered, with Natalia Vodianova, Mariacarlo Boscono and Freja Beha Erichsen all taking to his catwalk. Last year, at London Fashion Week, Yildirim won the ANDAM prize, which subsequently took him to Paris and is where he made his first appearance last season with his futuristic and body-conscious designs.

In his show today, we saw his collection take a more masculine turn, with the introduction of slouchy boyfriend blazers and wide-leg trousers. Sheer tops slinked underneath, adding a feminine touch and presenting a lovely contrast between the sleek black and leather looks.

Still a relatively new name on the scene, Yildirim is working hard to earn a much-deserved place in the fashion scene and, without doubt, he did that today. He made a huge impact thanks to a strict colour palette only strayed from cream, black and grey with different hues of red – including bright tomato splashes on dresses and jackets and pillar-box red lipstick on the models.

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