Rad Hourani, Couturier? Sure, Why Not, Says Paris
What a week for couture news! Yesterday, Maison Martin Margiela and Alexis Mabille were awarded official haute couture appellation by French fashion's governing body, the Chambre Syndical, bringing the total of fashion houses in the couture club up to 14. And today, The Montreal Gazette reports that Canadian designer Rad Hourani has been invited to show on the couture calendar next season, as a guest.
This means that he'll be presenting his unisex collection—couture's first!—alongside heavy hitters like Chanel, Valentino, and Dior. Hourani, whom the Gazette notes is "over the moon," will show at Paris couture week for the next four years, after which he may be allowed to become a full member of the Chambre. But, who knows. The French take these things very seriously.
The Gazette also hints that the designer's haute debut will include lots of layers and panels, which are already present in his main collections, so maybe he has a total layer blowout planned for couture week.
So, we're curious: Hourani's clothes may be slinky, and slouchy, and cool, but, tell us, do you think they're couture material?