Paris-based and Montreal-raised designer Rad Hourani returned to Canada to show his Fall 2012 unisex collection at Toronto Fashion Week kicking off his five year anniversary world tour. “It’s been 10 years since I’ve been back and it feels great to be showing in Toronto. It’ll be a first!” shared the designer backstage moments before his Canadian presentation.
Recognized for his stark colour palette, graphic shapes and functional design, Hourani’s look can be classified as military-esque with a robotic feel (but don’t tell him that): “I wouldn’t call this collection military-inspired. It’s actually a study of the colour green. And the cut of the pieces come from things I feel like wearing. There’s really no specific reference.” But why green? “I spent a lot of time visiting forests around the world (like the Hampton’s, South of France, Mexico and his country house in Canada). In past seasons I’ve studied various colours like grey and blue. Green, which is the most natural colour, was just something new for the season and new for the brand.”
“It’s all about unisex, symmetrical and geometrical shapes with a base around architecture and graphic design,” shared Hourani on the codes of his label. And the best part: “This is the first time I’ve created a fully reversible collection. So every pieces come with a black and green side.” Now that’s innovation worth investing in.
Up next for Hourani: A limited edition 10-piece capsule line for Joyce in Hong Kong, an anniversary book to be released later this year and exhibitions in London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong.