A Northern Irish fashion designer who has adorned some of the world’s biggest stars, including Julia Fox and Kourtney Kardashian, says she’s proud to offer something for everyone.
ara Hakin, from Donaghadee in Co Down, works in her east London studio where she turns her innovative visions into reality, creating clothes in different shapes and sizes.
The 26-year-old’s latest collection has been described as “showy, sultry and versatile” by Vogue.
“My motivation and desire to create is rooted in me,” she told the iconic fashion editor.
“I can’t see myself doing anything else and I wasn’t good at anything else because my mind was always elsewhere.”
Just last month, a nail polish themed outfit by the fiery designer was worn by Uncut Gems actress Julia Fox.
Hakin found herself in Paris with the Italian-American pop culture phenomenon, whose whirlwind romance with Kanye West ended earlier this year, after taking a bolder approach to business.
“I reached out to Julia Fox’s team to set up a meeting about creating a look for her,” Hakin told Vogue.
“It’s the first time I’ve done this.
“The way she taps into contemporary pop culture is super interesting.”
Plus-size model Paloma Elsesser, British singer Jorja Smith, model Iris Law (who is also the daughter of actor Jude Law) and reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian are just a few of the famous faces who have been spotted wearing Hakin’s risque skin-tights this year. .
The University of Brighton graduate, who is influenced by post-modernist photographers such as Guy Bourdin and 1980s Japanese fashion advertisements, hopes to cash in on the celebrity motto.
“ My motivation and my desire to conceive are anchored in me, I can’t see myself doing anything else I was no good either other than my head was always somewhere else,” she said.
Her latest eclectic range includes striking asymmetrical dresses, sliced and diced pants that sit low on the hips and wet-look Lycra swimsuits adorned with unique iconography.
Hakin, who once recalled how she used to keep her “stupid designs” locked up in a journal, now embraces her artistic flair.
She says moving away from the sleepy village of her childhood allowed her to realize the talent first nurtured by her former art teacher, but insists her upbringing gave her a sense of humour.
After the culture shock of living in Brighton, the costume designer now indulges her passion freely and continues her bizarre obsession with car crashes that inspired abstract prints on long dresses.
Hakin also shared how the coronavirus outbreak has given her the time and space to reimagine her designs that breathe fresh air into an oversaturated market.
“ I felt pretty lost before the pandemic, and it showed ,” she says.
Hakin’s costume designs have also appeared prominently in music videos for Grammy-winning singer Rosalía and Celeste who landed the gong for Rising Star at the Brit Awards in 2020.
“It’s great to see a wide range of people wearing my clothes who differ in age and body type.
“ It makes me proud to know that I can offer something for everyone. ”