When Rad Hourani's clothes hit the runway last season, the names that people were whispering included those of fashion royalty like Helmut Lang and Ann Demeulemeester -- or at least that's what Style.com said when they named him one of their Top 10 New Faces for the S/S 2008 collections.
This is no mean feat for this young stylist from Montreal. He has no formal fashion training at all. "I am lucky enough to be extremely curious about anything," he says. Everything I know about fashion design, videomaking or photography, I learned it on my own." He has put all of these skills to use in a series of 15 videos directed and edited from 2006-2007 as he prepared for his first collection. Amongst the featured models is Canadian Heather Marks.
What's most remarkable is Rad's focused vision - in his collection, his videos and even his personal style. Though it's still early days, this clarity has already paid off. Not only has Canada's prestigious Holt Renfrew bought his first collection, but a recent Karl Lagerfeld costume caught the attention of the gloved-man himself, who wanted to know everything about his doppelganger.
As Rad prepares to
take his next collection to New York for A/W 2008, we caught up with
him for a quick Q&A to get the first detailed look at this young talent...before the crowds appear.