Layered looks are back for fall '09 (39997)

For fall ’09, RAD by Rad Hourani is the new designer on the block. He describes his collection as “asexual, aseasonal, coming from no place.” The look is layered. In his line, there are enveloping baby alpaca knits over geometric tops that are almost weightless. On the bottom, slick leather leggings are slim-fitting.

“I try to blur gender boundaries. My collection is unisex, therefore I hope to reach people who go

beyond the general classical demographical criteria, who appreciate a certain sobriety,” commented the Jordanian-born designer after his recent show at the Soho Grand.

He showed an array of black, white and gray separates. He popped his colors in here and there throughout the show. His cherry-red, long-sleeved jacket comes to mind. “I am always into long, straight, sharp and thick silhouettes, geometric shapes that by use of noble, fluid materials can come alive through the movement of the wearer,” said Hourani. While he’s not the first to take on a masculine-feminine line, his unruly approach is a look 7th Avenue hasn’t seen for some time. Soft T-shirts and draped jackets are played up in this collection. Other pieces in the collection include skinny jeans with zippered slits over the knee and oversized printed tees, all worn with square-toed boots.

Also on the bill for Fashion Week, check out designer Annie Havlicek. A native Chicagoan, Havlicek used to spend her summers studying fine arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She moved to New York to attend Parsons School of Design. While moving up in the fashion industry, she held a variety of internship positions, including a design internship at Michael Kors. Several pieces from her senior collection have appeared in Saks Fifth Avenue’s window displays. Her line was later available in small boutiques throughout the U.S. and Japan.

For spring 2010,her line is featured in Cartier’s new watch campaign. Havlicek’s looks are soft. The collection is a balance of the classically beautiful and artistically distinct. Her styles are mixed with the cultural vibe of New York City’s East Village. In the collection, these pieces offer a quirky feminine aesthetic. Havlicek’s overseas collection is enhanced with all elements of design and production from her Manhattan studio.