Thirty-two year old Lebanese-American couturier Rami Kadi is haute couture’s enfant terrible.
Think grandiose washes of psychedelic colours and prints, unconventional cuts and thigh-grazing forms. (Kadi isn’t about the pretty princess gowns of yesteryear.)
“The Rami Kadi woman is strong, powerful and daring. It’s the story of a woman that likes to be remarkable and is not scared to break down certain boundaries,” Kadi tells Grazia Luxury, and since the designer launched out of Beirut in 2011, the likes of Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and regional stars Najwa Karam, Sherine Abdel Wahab and Myriam Fares have donned his creations.
Kadi’s AW19 collection marks the designer’s second Parisian showcase, and it is exploding with confident cuts and over-zealous hues (pillarbox red, sherbet blue and mustard yellow, to name a few). But even with Kadi’s penchant for drama, the pieces are achingly beautiful and evoke a contemporary charm.
“I am passionate about modern tailoring involving a technology approach. I think this is the distinctive value of my creations – the Rami Kadi signature,” he states. “I try to propose a kaleidoscopic explosion of colours and sparkles, high finishings and attention to details. Embroidery is the essence of my creations.”
Kadi cites the region and its women as two of his biggest inspirations: “There’s so much talent in design, art or cinema, and fashion, of course!”