February 13, 2012
Following his "study of blue" last season, Rad Hourani made his new collection a study in green. He must not have found much to interest him about the color; only two shades of green appeared on the runway, a soft khaki and a hunter green. Mostly, in fact, there was a lot of black, with the greens appearing as a contrast color, sometimes peeking out of an otherwise all-black look in origami folds and sometimes cropping up as geometric insets on garments. Aside from the debut of green in Hourani's palette, there wasn't much to say about this show that hasn't been said of Hourani before: The lines were strict and the silhouettes were skinny and vertical, with leggings and narrow tunics and skirts shown for both men and women. The outerwear was uniformly nice—cool, thinly padded coats in wool and leather—but as a whole, the collection was a bit of a comedown after Hourani's relatively adventurous collection for Spring. That prior outing saw him integrating shirting and denim into his look, but this time out, he didn't seem to add much to the vocabulary of his brand.