Hakan Akkaya Fall/ Winter 2017

Designer Hakan Akkaya is new to the American fashion scene but a 16-year veteran in his own country of Turkey. This season he held nothing back and wowed the audience to a full men and women’s collection titled ‘Freedom’. His vision was to explore basic human rights and show that when it comes to his fashion and art there is no discrimination against anyone regardless of race, gender, background or sexual orientation.

The show opened when Turkish celebrity and supermodel, Cagla Sikel, emerged from a bold red-lit backdrop. Following her was a mix of men and women wearing a mixture of red carpet approved sexy ensembles. Varying shades of black came down the runway in a blend of materials from sheer silk to plush inky velvet. A mixture of hard and soft details differentiated each piece in its sea of similar colors.

Other standout looks for women included a velvet floor-length down coat that the model removed to reveal a sheer turtleneck top with shorts and thigh high boots, a slinky cold shoulder evening gown with zipper details along the seams and ruffle statement sleeves and a gunmetal sheer gown with zipper detail ruffles along the bodice.

The other standouts for the men included a metallic silver bomber jacket over a black suit, a black and white striped moto-style jacket styled with a leather baseball hat and a metallic printed top and pants styled beneath a tailored dark black suit jacket.

Overall the show was one of edgy, bold looks that challenged many of the issues the world is facing right now. Politics aside the collection was a true homage to the classic “cool kid” style. Akkaya proved he is one to watch for collections to come on the American fashion front.

Photo credits: Getty Images

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