The Radness of Rad

The Radness of Rad

I rarely get intimidated by labels in the way that some people might say so-and-so is not wearable or they’re too niche.  Those that push the boundaries and go for the risque will eternally intrigue me.  However, there are those that have a ‘cool air’ about them that will make me think ‘Oooh-er….me thinks I’m just not cool enough for this…’.  is one of those designers.  Of course, the fact that Rad’s work had the ‘cool’ is no bad thing.  His AW08-9 collection (shown in New York) which like his debut SS08 one in Paris shows that he is intent on sticking to a signature and being forceful with it.  It’s an aesthetic that isn’t going to be everyone’s taste but having Rad Hourani isn’t an ‘everyman’s’ sort of designer.  Leather, a strict palette, skinny legs, volume that is not for frou-frou purposes but for creating sharp shapes and fine detailing.    

Immediately, certain come to mind but niche style aside, for the schizophrenic stylees such as myself, I’d be eager to take apart the very specific silhouettes that Rad has beautifully created and translate the pieces into something that is a little less ‘cool’… only coz I never had the ‘cool’ to begin with…            


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  1. sab

    2008-04-29 at 1:30 PM

    ooh, I love this! personally, I would have no problem with the “cool” factor, but how to make this work on my curvy body. with difficulty, but definitely doable IMO. thanks for posting this!

  2. La Petite

    2008-04-29 at 1:40 PM

    This work on red,black and grey is iteresting but haircuts are a litle but scray ^^

  3. interesting pieces….it’s something I would wear to work. Don’t like the hair that nearly cover her face.

  4. Jon L

    2008-04-29 at 3:09 PM

    Ever heard of Denis Gagnon? This looks like his stuff. But with even less work put into it.
    Would look great on 11-year-old boys!!

  5. Giselle

    2008-04-29 at 3:11 PM

    haha, maybe it’s the hair, but dosnt some of these designs look like their made for a norwegian black metal band? 😛

  6. anna

    2008-04-29 at 3:11 PM

    Hmmm. There are some nice pieces in there. Love the colors, very basic. Some interesting looks and some that are just too retro 80’s blah. The stuff that works is gorgeous though–I keep scrolling back up to look. Like everyone else said, the hair is yikes. And not in a good way yikes. Cool. Hmmm. Everything cool these days reminds me of American Apparel’s advertising. I’m not cool. Cool is bor-ing. Too many other better choices. But the clothes, the clothes are in some instances mah-va-lous.

  7. Prêt-à-Porter P

    2008-04-29 at 3:27 PM

    i agree, very queen michelle. but i am in love with darth vaderness of the last look in the 7th row

  8. aya

    2008-04-29 at 3:47 PM

    Both Rad Hourani and Denis Gagnon are Canadian!

  9. Martin

    2008-04-29 at 5:29 PM

    very star wars

  10. clover

    2008-04-29 at 5:30 PM

    loveeeee it
    my kinda thing

  11. grojo

    2008-04-29 at 6:00 PM

    “Both Rad Hourani and Denis Gagnon are Canadian!”
    … and they’re friends.

  12. fashionwhore

    2008-04-29 at 9:02 PM

    They are even better looking in person!

  13. Luc Bouchard

    2008-04-29 at 10:23 PM

    Rad Hourani was styling and directing all Denis’s collections for many years. Denis Gagnon was very theatrical, colorfulll, very Gaultier and Mcqueen before. Rad is the one who brought black and Slick to Denis’s designs, Rad was his muse in a way.I’m from Montreal and i’ve seen all Rad’s collection at Holt Renfrew & Reborn and Non of Rad’s pieces look like Denis’s collection. The quality of Rad Hourani’s cloths are Amazing, almost couture! All of what i saw was very RAD!

  14. WendyB

    2008-04-29 at 11:38 PM

    Love the red looks.

  15. enc

    2008-04-30 at 1:16 AM

    Narrow, and very cool!

  16. Jennifer C.

    2008-04-30 at 5:08 AM

    Rad is the fashionality this world has been yearning for; the visionary who stays true to himself while outputting modern pervasive pieces for every man, woman, and being with a penchant for style. RAD IS THE FUTURE OF FASHION AND THE FUTURE IS NOW.

  17. diana

    2008-04-30 at 7:36 AM

    Such a tight, intelligent, interesting looking collection. Also, it looks very wearable to me.

  18. susie_bubble

    2008-04-30 at 12:07 PM

    I knew Rad was Canadian and only vaguely knew of Denis Gagnon’s work…. didn’t know they were friends and muses of one another though…. thanks for the info… love it when people shed more light on the stuff I write about…

  19. L B

    2008-04-30 at 4:38 PM

    Rad is the one with a full focused vision. He helped many designers in Canada.They all wanted a piece of Rad. They all are amused of him, even Karl Lagerfeld!

  20. Sister Wolf

    2008-05-04 at 11:30 PM

    And , Rad is so cute! It never hurts when a designer is cute. He’s no Olivier Theyskens, but still…

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