H By Hakaan Yildirim Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2015 London
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Andam Fashion Award winner, Hakaan Yildirim based his collection on the bee. The mystery of the missing bee colonies that has been gaining much traction recently might have been the very trigger. Following in the footsteps of documentarians such as Maryam Henein and George Langworthy, who directed "Vanishing of the Bees", the Turkish designer used said subject as a conceit to discuss "the relationship between humans and animals in nature," he claimed. This exploration of ecological interactions manifested itself visually in the collection through fragile links that bound repetitive motifs into a grand tapestry. 

The burst of colour was attributed to the rich hues bees are constantly attracted to. The collection featured bright yellow, tangerine, turquoise and lilac alongside a flurry of textures from embroidery, handmade beadings and lace. The fitted knit tops were rendered in woven jacquards while the skirts had beaded fringe that added great movement. Hexagonal cut-outs that mirror the internal structure of hives were pit against an interpretation of a bee keeper's uniform for contrast. There was also a nice variety of silhouettes ranging from body conscious to looser shapes that were suspended away from the body, especially in the outerwear pieces. Cylindrical neoprene sleeves, angular necklines, and sportswear panelling gave a touch of futurism. The full-length coat with multi-coloured hexagons and the equally geometric cocktail dresses were among some of the highlights in a collection that was overall robust.

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