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Rad Hourani Gets His Wings, Loves Helmut

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If you’re a fashion person of a certain age, you probably had a Helmut Lang flashback at Rad Hourani’s show. The young Canadian designer had sewn straps inside jackets and vests à la vintage Lang, which he showed shrugged off shoulders and flapping like tailored black angel wings. “I’ve never done it before but I loved it when Helmut did it,” said Hourani. “I think everyone should do it. It’s such an easy, comfortable thing.” For Spring, Hourani continued his unmistakable unisex, monochromatic, clean-and-lean look. And as such, he’s quite pointedly not concerned with change, another reason he feels a connection to our favorite ex-designer Austrian. “Someone said to me, ‘Did you know that Helmut always stuck to this thing and was criticized for not changing enough?’ ” Hourani said. “And I was like, ‘That was genius.’ ” Still, new for Spring was the addition of silver in a trim of chains, steel zips, and an almost robotic silver wool. Currently, Hourani’s biggest retailer is Holt Renfrew, who is considering adding it for men’s, while Seven is his only stockist in New York. But at Monday’s show were some new retail faces from Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman/Neiman Marcus, and Colette. No decisions were made but as Neiman’s Roopal Patel said, “We’re here. We’re interested.”

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  1. franksi says:

    Now i can see how Rad Hourani is the future of design & fashion and how he’s the influence of all this Unisex look that will become huge soon. No one does what he do and it’s amazing to see how honest and focused is he, chapeau!

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