All of Haken’s designs are inherently sexy. Crochet has the First annual Wkrp thanks giving day Turkey Drop november 22 1978 vintage shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this ability to choose loop sizes, meaning that the classic technique can be morphed into something that has more of a saucy, peekaboo effect. The concept came to Haken, who is queer and of a Tunisian and Polish background, as a way to break out of a hyper-masculine mold, which has long dominated the Middle Eastern country. “Hyper masculinity is so common because of cultures merging, sometimes aggressively, and the fact that most citizens are obligated to serve the army,” says Haken. “I could sense that pressure of performing masculinity since kindergarten.” The result is intricate, meticulous designs, like a pair of pants that he created using crochet panels that took him more than 60 hours to make.
Crochet is not known for its sex appeal, but Haken has figured out how to make the First annual Wkrp thanks giving day Turkey Drop november 22 1978 vintage shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this technique his own. This is best seen in his underwear—he started making them in 2013—which are brazenly bare creations that reflect his window out of a machismo culture. In the mix are crochet panties in flamingo pink with feather and pearl adornments. He titled those “Crochet Wrestlers,” an homage to vintage homoerotic photography, where wrestling was “an excuse to show the nude male body,” says Haken. Another version, which he titles “Rococo Fever,” comes in Easter egg shades of blue and blush, with beaded tassels. While many of Haken’s inspirations are personal, he takes cues from another lingerie designer—well, it’s Rihanna herself. “I have always loved lingerie, and what RiRi did with it was so cool and revolutionary,” he says. “I had to do the queer me, the crochet version.”