RAD by Rad Hourani
February 14, 2011 New York
"Choose your own adventure"—that can sound a bit like a sci-fi action movie, and there are seasons when Hourani seems to have pulled his looks from one, too. That aesthetic has its fans, but it can come off a little machine-made. You lose the cloth-ness of the clothes, somehow. This Fall however, Hourani worked with fabrics he calls "classical": wool flannel, boiled wool, standard wool, jersey, crepe. Even the PVC he returns to time and again was here thinner and more matte than in days gone by; it had an appealing crinkle to it, not unlike crushed chiffon. The combinations Hourani created—with the help of his longtime consultant, über-stylist Patti Wilson—emphasized drape. "I like the idea of showing what you can do with my clothes in a drapey way," he explained backstage. "They're very straight, always, but I like the idea that you can make them your own." Make no mistake, the pieces and the looks here are still very edgy; there's no de-Radding RAD. But this was a stronger show than last season's for the softening.