Rad Hourani Fall 2008
Where & When: Friday, February 8th at noon, Bumble + Bumble
Runway Recap: I'd had my fill of evening gowns, so I skipped the Tadashi show in favor of Rad Hourani, a Canadian stylist-turned-designer with no formal training. His look is definitely on the avant-garde side; he favors a boxy, rectangular silhouette, often with fringey, strappy things hanging down. Most of the looks were layered, with dresses, jackets, and vests over super-skinny pants. All of this creates an androgynous effect, so it makes sense that he's already earning comparisons to Helmut Lang and Ann Demeulemeester. And with all of the fussy full skirts and ruffles that have been so popular this season, Hourani's focused, streamlined collection was an exciting and welcome change.
Standout Look: The show's color palette was mostly black and red, but for me, the subtly sparkly jackets at the end really stood out. This look is successful too, because it manages to conceal the body with the boxy jacket while revealing the legs with the satiny skinny pants.
Bonus Points: I always love shows at Bumble + Bumble; not only are they totally serene (when compared to the insanity of the tents), but you get to eat fantastic chocolate-dipped macaroons while you wait, and the gift bag is always filled with B+B products (in this case, hairspray).
Where to Buy: Holt Renfrew stores in Canada

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