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Rad Hourani’s Six Easy Pieces

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Being at Paris fashion week—a.k.a. the purgatory of the chronic over-packer—a Donna Karan-like system of dressing sounds like heaven. That’s just what Rad Hourani has created with his new collection: six pieces (one less than Donna’s famous seven easy ones) that combine to create 22 different looks. There are three jackets, one dress/top, one pair of pants, even one bag and one wallet. All are black leather or wool crepe, except the dress/top in white cotton shirting, for a touch of graphic contrast.

It doesn’t sound like much, but the collection, through the magic of zippers (a Hourani favorite), expands exponentially. A jacket turns into a skirt or a cape. Another transforms into a sort of belt. The back panel of yet another zips off to become a clutch bag, and so on. Everything is designed to be worn back to front. “I like pushing that idea that you can have fewer items in your wardrobe,” said Hourani. Not that he’s not designing other clothes. This capsule goes under the label Rad Hourani, which, he explains, will be a place for higher-end fashion and include any other creative projects, like the short film he shot on Tanga Moreau for his six new pieces. Hourani’s ready-to-wear collection, shown on the runway in New York, now goes by the name RAD by Rad Hourani, formerly his diffusion line.

Hourani reports that retailers worldwide love the idea, many buying the collection in full. Podium in Moscow and Luisa Via Roma in Milan have already placed orders, while luxury Ukrainian department store Sanahunt has done one better and is planning an in-store boutique. And luckily, each piece will come with a video with instructions on its various iterations.

Photo: Courtesy of Rad Hourani

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