RAD by Rad Hourani / Spring 2011 / New York Fashion Week
A show by new-age Canadian designer, Rad Hourani, is as close as most of us will ever come to viewing a live Pierre Cardin or Rudi Gernreich collection from the 60’s. Unisex, unified, and unilateral, Rad Hourani’s “RAD” collection goes against all standards to create those of its own. For Spring 2011, Hourani again treads amongst his own territory of monochromatic madness, delving further into what is more of a philosophy than way of dress. See, for instance, his model pairs: boy and girl dressed in identical or complimenting outfits, looking so utterly similar it challenges the very notions of sexual [and asexual] conformities. His experiments in shape and proportion continue within his latest collection, too; one jacket’s lapels looked as though they could take flight at any moment, like they were wings. Another look saw both male and female models dressed in skirt and leggings, offering a uniform cue to utopic same-sex aesthetics.
Rad Hourani tests the limits of his wearer. Questions of union and gender don’t have answers, rather more questions. Can a man look as good as his counterpart in a pair of stacked “RAD” booties? Rad would reason so. Just look to his collaboration with mega footwear retailer, ALDO, where he’s made three distinctive styles without any mention of gender confines. Or his collaborative endeavor with Berlin-based sunglass studio, MYKITA; whose shield-like “RAD” model beams with brisk andro-anonymity. Compared to peers, Rick Owens and Gareth Pugh, Hourani rides on less of a look and more of a complex. And while his concepts may be studied and inspired, there are those who still wonder how many of its iterations we can take.
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