Saturday, February 21, 2009

new york autumn/winter 2009 - rad hourani

rad hourani's unique singular vision continues its driving momentum with his latest collection with just enough added elements to enrich his expanding vocabulary. in just a short time, hourani's relentless assault of sharply tailored pieces, all in black with a gothic sensibility and rock and roll edge has earned the young designer accolades from some of the most influential people in the industry. while some criticized hourani's vision for being too consistent to the point of near redundancy after his last collection, this time around saw him experimenting with new ideas but still maintaining the brand's particular identity. the simple use of adding colour into his usual all black palette gave the collection an electric surge provided by the deep and rich navy blues he used on suede and wool. as always, jackets, coats, and trousers were the focus of the collection but he counterbalanced all that sharp and rigidity by playing with a softer line whether it be through a leather coat with soft draping folds for a lapel or capes, it gave the collection something his previous presentations never had, volume. although this collection was not an abrupt departure from his previous efforts, it does show the young designer venturing out into new territory. it might not be giant leaps, but its a small step towards the right direction.


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