Black has always been the new black for Rad Hourani, the Montreal–based stylist turned fashion designer, whose sleek lines and layered silhouettes have fashion devotees making heady comparisons to Ann Demeulemeester and Helmut Lang. “I use black to blur gender boundaries so that my clothes can be worn by anyone,” says the 26-year-old Jordan native, whose love affair with noir (occasionally jolted in his collections with flashes of red, blue or gray) began in 2007, when Hourani debuted his eponymous line in Paris. “Black,” adds Hourani, “establishes continuity from one season to the next, so that my clothes can be worn at any time.”
Amid harried preparations for his third runway show in New York, Hourani justifies his fabulously funereal aesthetic: “Some might think that using mostly black in a collection is a safe decision for a designer, but so what if it is? I don’t design to take risks. I don’t need to be the one who makes the boldest statement every season.” Still, Hourani — and his creations of silk, leather and fake fur — has garnered industry and media attention from the likes of T Magazine (who cited him as one of their “Magnificent Seven” in a recent fashion feature). Celebrated for his androgynous geometric shapes and a trend-defying palette, Hourani is, in fact, all about the confident, rebellious statement. “There’s nothing scarier,” he says, “than making fashion that everybody agrees on.”
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