Exhibition

February 15th, 2014

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Exhibition

With every issue Exhibition Magazine offers an atypical take on a fashion essential. In the past they’ve reimagined lipstick, leather and denim bringing the magic behind these fixtures to the surface. This time around silk gets the Exhibition treatment and its ethereal textures are explored via stunning photographs. Luigi, Daniele & Iango’s revealing portraits of Anja Rubik, Natasha Poly, Sasha Luss and Anna Ewers capture the delicate beauty of each woman in a masterful way. From Natasha looking serene in some of her first post-baby images, to Anja posing seductively in archival pieces from Thierry Mugler, each shot is an evocative tribute to feminine power crafted with a sensualist touch. Take an exclusive look at their contribution to the forthcoming issue of Exhibition and experience the beauty for yourself.

Photography: Luigi & Daniele + Iango

Styling ( for Natasha, Anya, & Sasha ): Patti Wilson (Streeters New York)
Styling ( for Anna ): Sissy Vian (Management + Artists)

Hair: Luigi Murenu (Streeters New York)
Make up ( for Natasha, Anya, & Sasha ): Kabuki
Make up ( for Anna ): Fulvia Farolfi (ArtList Paris)

Nail technician: Maki Sakamoto

Casting: Piergiorgio Del Moro (Exposure NY)

Art direction: Edwin Sberro, Gael Hugo @ Exhibition Magazine

Models.com art direction: Stephan Moskovic
Text: Janelle Okwodu

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Rad Hourani UNISEX HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION #10

February 26th, 2013

RAD HOURANI UNISEXE HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION #10

AUTODIDACTE DEPUIS TOUJOURS À PARIS ET À NEW YORK, LA LIGNE UNISEXE RAD HOURANI PRÔNE L’ANTICONFORMISME COMME ESSENCE MÊME DE L’INDIVIDUALISME, IL PRÉCONISE LA MODERNITÉ POUR UN ODYSSÉE SANS RÉGLE, GENRE, ÂGE, SAISON, FRONTIÈRE ET CONDITIONNEMENT. LA VISION UNIVERSELLE DE RAD HOURANI VA AU DELA DU VÊTEMENT, C’EST UN MODE DE VIE INTEMPOREL DANS LEQUEL RAD HOURANI RÉINVENTE SA MODE EN TRANSCENDANT SES CONVENTIONS, IL CRÉE UNE LIGNE MODERNE DE HAUTE GAMME UNISEXE DEPUIS 5 ANS À PARIS OU HOMMES ET FEMMES PORTENT LES MÊME PIÈCES, SEUL LE CORPS HUMAIN ET L’ALLURE CHANGENT, DEVENANT UNE ENTITÉE SUR L’INDIVIDU QUI LE PORTE.

RAD HOURANI N’EST NI CRÉATEUR, NI PHOTOGRAPHE, NI RÉALISATEUR, NI ARTISTE, IL EST TOUT À LA FOIS. CHACUNE DE SES DÉMARCHES EST PASSIONÉE PAR UNE VISION À TRAVERS LAQUELLE IL PROPOSE UN LANGUAGE RIGOUREUX ET SINGULIER. ESPRIT NOUVEAU ET VISIONNAIRE, IL COMPOSE SES CRÉATIONS À L’IMAGINATION ET À L’ONIRISME SANS TRADITION ET SANS CODE. IL CONÇOIT PAR OBSERVATION LES VÊTEMENTS COMME DES LIGNES ARCHITECTURALES QU’IL DESSINE AVEC DES FORMES SYMÉTRIQUES ET GRAPHIQUES. SES COLLECTIONS PORTENT DES NUMÉROS AFIN DE SE LIBÉRER DES SAISONS ET DES TENDANCES, ELLES SERONT POUR AUJOURD’HUI ET DEMAIN. SES OEUVRES ÉVOQUENT L’ABSTRACTION, SES PIÈCES SONT FAITES DE SUPERPOSITIONS ET DE COMBINAISONS OU TOUT S’ASSEMBLE ET RIEN NE S’OPPOSE. LE NOIR ET BLANC, COULEURS UNIFORMES COMME SYMBOLE DE PURÉTE ET LA LIGNE GÉOMETRIQUE COMME LECTURE PLURIELLE DE L’ANATOMIE UNISEXE À LA FOIS FORTE ET FRAGILE. POUR RAD, NOUS SOMMES DES ÊTRES DÉFINIS PAR NOS SENS PLUS QUE PAR DES GENRES ET CE QUI NOUS DIFFÉRENCIE, CE SONT LES CHOIX QUE NOUS FAISONS ET LA SENSIBILITÉ QUE NOUS ALIMENTONS. SA VISION AVANT-GARDISTE INTERPELLE ET POUSSE À ALLER VERS UN CHANGEMENT D’ATTITUDE FACE À NOUS-MÊME ET AUX AUTRES. À SA MANIÈRE, IL ESQUISSE UNE AUTRE FAÇON D’EXISTER, BEAUCOUP PLUS LIBRE.

AVEC CE DÉFILÉ OU CHAQUE PIÈCE EST CONÇUE POUR ÊTRE PORTÉE PAR TOUS LES GENRES, RAD HOURANI DEVIENT LE PREMIER CRÉATEUR UNISEXE DANS LA HAUTE COUTURE À TRAVERS L’HISTOIRE DE LA MODE.

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RAD HOURANI EST OFFICIELEMENT UN MEMBRE INVITÉ PAR LA FÉDÉRATION FRANÇAISE DE LA HAUTE COUTURE

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 1 – BLANC
CHEMISE COL MONTANT, SUPERPOSITION DES LONGUEURS, FERMETURE À GLISSIÈRE SIGNÉE AU DOS.
VESTE LONGUEUR 2, DOUBLE LAPEL, EMPIECEMENT DE TISSU AU DOS, EFFET DOUBLE MANCHE.
PANTALON EMPIECEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 2 – BLANC
VESTE SANS MANCHE LONGUEUR 2, SUPERPOSITION TROMPE L’OEIL ET FERMETURE À GLISSIÈRE SIGNÉE AU DEVANT.
PANTALON AVEC EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 3 – BLANC
VESTE LONGUEUR 1, LAPEL INSÉRÉ, EFFET DOUBLE MANCHE.
VESTE SANS MANCHE LONGUEUR 3, COL INSÉRÉ, DOUBLE LAPEL, DÉCOUPE GÉOMETRIQUE AU DOS.
PANTALON AVEC EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 4 – BLANC
CHEMISE LONGUEUR 2, COL MONTANT, FERMETURE À GLISSIÈRE SIGNÉ AU DOS.
VESTE LONGUEUR 1, COL DÉCALÉ RECTANGULAIRE.
PANTALON AVEC EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 5 – BLANC
CHEMISE SANS MANCHE, COL MONTANT, FERMETURE À GLISSIÈRE SIGNÉE AU DOS.
VESTE SANS MANCHE LONGUEUR 2, GEOMETRIE ANGULAIRE AU DEVANT, DRAPÉ AU DOS.
PANTALON COUPE DROITE AVEC UNE DÉCOUPE SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 6 – BLANC
VESTE LONGUEUR 3, COL RECTANGULAIRE, LAPEL INSÉRÉ, EFFET DOUBLE MANCHE.
VESTE SANS MANCHE LONGUEUR 1, DOUBLE LAPEL.
PANTALON AVEC EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 7 – NOIR
VESTE SANS MANCHE LONGUEUR 3, DOUBLE LAPEL, DOUBLE COL.
VESTE LONGUEUR 1, DOUBLE LAPEL, TROMPE L’OEIL AU DOS.
PANTALON EN CUIR PLONGÉ AVEC EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 8 – NOIR
VESTE LONGUEUR 1, DOUBLE COL DRAPÉ, TROMPE L’OEIL AU DOS.
PANTALON TUXEDO AVEC EMPIÈCEMENT EN DOUBLE.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 9 – NOIR
VESTE SANS MANCHE LONGUEUR 2 EN CUIR PLONGÉ, DOUBLE LAPEL ET COL, ÉMINENCE DE TISSU AU DOS.
PANTALON EMPIÈCEMENT DE CUIR PLONGÉ SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 10 – NOIR
VESTE LONGUEUR 2, DOUBLE LAPEL, TROMPE L’OEIL AU DOS.
VESTE LONGUEUR 1 SANS MANCHE EN CUIR PLONGÉ, GÉOMÉTRIE ANGULAIRE AU DEVANT.
PANTALON EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 11 – NOIR
HAUT LONGUEUR 1, TROMPE L’OEIL DE CUIR PLONGÉ AU DOS, DOS DRAPÉ.
PANTALON TRIBLE EMPIÈCEMENT DE CUIR PLONGÉ ET DE CRÊPE DE SOIE.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 12 – NOIR + BLANC
VESTE LONGUEUR 2 CONTRASTÉ, DOUBLE LAPEL, TROMPE L’OEIL AU DOS.
PANTALON TUXEDO AVEC EMPIÈCEMENT.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 13 – NOIR + BLANC
VESTE LONGUEUR 3, LAPEL INSÉRÉ, INSERTIONS GÉOMÉTRIQUE AU DOS.
VESTE LONGUEUR 1 SANS MANCHE, DÉCOUPE CONTRASTE TROMPE L’OEIL AU DEVANT.
PANTALON EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS ET AU CENTRE DEVANT.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 14 – NOIR + BLANC
VESTE LONGUEUR 2 SANS MANCHE, FERMETURE À GLISSIÈRE SIGNÉE DEVANT, BANDES PARALLÈLES.
PANTALON EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 15 – NOIR + BLANC
VESTE LONGUEUR 2 , TROMPE L’OEIL DE CONTRASTE, FERMETURE À GLISSIÈRE SIGNÉE DEVANT.
CHEMISE LONGUEUR 2, CONTRASTE MANCHE ET COL.
PANTALON TUXEDO, EFFET DOUBLE.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 16 – NOIR + BLANC
VESTE LONGUEUR 3, CLAPEL INSÉRÉ, TROMPE L’OEIL DE TISSU AU DOS.
VESTE LONGUEUR 2 SANS MANCHE, DOUBLE LAPEL, FERMETURE À GLISSIÈRE SIGNÉE AU DEVANT.
PANTALON EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 17 – NOIR + BLANC
CHEMISE LONGUEUR 2, FERMETURE À GLISSIÈRE SIGNÉE AU DOS, COL CONTRASTÉ.
VESTE LONGUEUR 2, DOUBLE LAPEL, EFFECT DOUBLE MANCHE, TROMPE L’OEIL DE TISSU AU DOS.
PANTALON EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 18 – NOIR
VESTE LONGUEUR 1 SANS MANCHE EN CRÊPE DE SOIE, COL INSÉRÉ ET DOUBLE LAPEL.
VESTE LONGUEUR 1, EN CUIR PLONGÉ, COL INSÉRÉ ET DOUBLE LAPEL.
PANTALON TUXEDO EN CUIR PLONGÉ AVEC DOUBLE EMPIÈCEMENT.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 19 – NOIR
VESTE LONGUEUR 1, LAPEL INSÉRÉ, EFFET DOUBLE MANCHE.
VESTE LONGUEUR 2 SANS MANCHE EN CUIR PLONGÉ, FERMETURE À GLISSIÈRE SIGNÉE AU DEVANT.
PANTALON EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 20 – NOIR
VESTE LONGUEUR 2, TRIPLE LAPEL INSÉRÉ, TRIPLE COL, TROMPE L’OEIL DE TISSU AU DOS.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 21- NOIR
VESTE LONGUEUR 3, COL INSÉRÉ AVEC UN DOUBLE LAPEL.
VESTE SANS MACHE LONGUEUR 1, TOUT CUIR PLONGÉ, DOUBLE LAPEL.
PANTALON TUXEDO.

ENSEMBLE UNISEXE # 22 – NOIR
VESTE LONGUEUR 2, DOUBLE LAPEL INSÉRÉ EN CUIR PLONGÉ.
PANTALON EMPIÈCEMENT DE TISSU SUR LES CÔTÉS.

*TOUTES LES DOUBLURES SONT EN SATIN DUCHESSE DE SOIE.

RAD HOURANI UNISEX HAUTE COUTURE

IMAGES DE DÉFILÉ PAR MARCO VAN RIJT
STYLISME PAR PATTI WILSON
ASSISTANT STYLISTE TAYLOR KIM
COIFFURE PAR RAMONA ESCHBACH POUR ORIBE
MAQUILLAGE PAR PABLO RODRIGUEZ POUR MAC
BANDE SONORE PAR JACQUES GREENE & MEKELE
CASTING PAR MAIDA BOINA + THOMAS JIBOGUN
VIDÉO PAR EMMANUEL MAURIÈS RINFRET
PRODUCTION DÉFILÉ PAR MATHIEU GALLIX
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MALCOM
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i-D’s Role Models by Luigi Murenu & Daniele + Iango

September 18th, 2012


models.com presents an exclusive preview: i-D’s Role Model issue by Luigi Murenu & Daniele + Iango

The icons, the legends, the crème de la crème, the greatest of all time – the SUPERMODELS. Looking better than ever on brand new i-D covers conceptualized by Luigi Murenu and photographed by Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi – what more could you possible ask for? Linda, Stephanie, Gisele, Kristen, Karen, Amber, Guinevere, Isabeli and Natasha – ooh la la! Did we mention the epic hair looks from Luigi Murenu, the over the top fashions, the all out glamour of it all – it is almost too much, but we think you can handle it. Take a look at this exclusive preview of i-D’s Role Models issue – only in MDX.

With a special interview of Luigi Murenu, the legendary hairdresser on speed dial to the supermodels and the mastermind behind the luscious locks in i-D’s Role models shoot.

Photography Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi
Concept Luigi Murenu
Styling Patti Wilson
Hair Luigi Murenu for John Frieda
Make-up: Stephane Marais at l’atelier
Make-up (Karen, Isabeli, Natasha, Guinevere, Amber): Hannah Murray at Art+Commerce

Special thanks to Robin Jaffe, David Bonnouvrier, Ivan Bart, Louie Chaban, Didier Fernandez, John Gnerre, Anne Nelson.

Linda Evangelista @ DNA| Cover: Linda wears jacket Alexander Wang. Corset Kunza. Hair John Frieda® Frizz-Ease® Moisture Barrier Hair Spray. | Photo 1: Bodysuit Dior Haute Couture autumn/winter 09. Corset Kunza. Stockings Stockingirl. Shoes Sergio Rossi. | Photo 2: Jacket Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière. Corset Dior Haute Couture autumn/winter 09. | Photo 3: Dress Dior Haute Couture autumn/winter 05. Girdle skirt Dior Haute Couture autumn/winter 09. Gauntlets I.D Sarrieri.

Stephanie Seymour @ IMG | Cover: Stephanie wears dress Versace. Hair John Frieda® Luxurious Volume Blow-Dry Lotion. | Photo 1: Dress Emilio Pucci. Shoes Walter Steiger. | Photo 2: Corset Lovesick. | Photo 3: Corset Lovesick.

Karen Elson @ Elite New York | Cover: Karen wears Dress Lanvin. Hair John Frieda® Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher. | Photo 1: Dress Ralph Lauren. Slip Christian Dior. Corset Rosamosario. Gloves Gasper. | Photo 2: Dress Comme des Garçons. Shoes United Nude for Iris van Herpen. Hair John Frieda® Radiant Red Colour Magnifying Shampoo. | Photo 3: All clothing and boots Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci and veil Jennifer Bahr

Kristen McMenamy @ DNA | Cover: Kristen wears jacket and brooch Chanel. Fragrance Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. | Photo 1: Dress Alexander McQueen. Chest pieces Moutoncollet. | Photo 2: Cape Alexander McQueen. Dress Neil Barrett. Stocking belt Lascivious. Stockings Stockingirl. Hair John Frieda® Sleek Finish Hair Straighteners. | Photo 3: Coat, skirt, and hat John Galliano spring/summer 03. Stockings Stockingirl.

Guinevere @ Women | Cover: Guinevere wears blouse No.21. Corset vintage Aris. Hair John Frieda® Sheer Blonde® Highlight Activating Moisturising Shampoo. John Frieda® Sheer Blonde® Highlight Activating Conditioner. | Photo 1: Guinevere wears dress VPL. Body and collar Logan Neitzel. Corset Aris vintage. | Photo 2: Top Ter et Bantine. Arm bands VPL. Hair John Frieda® Sheer BlondeTM Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner. | Photo 3: Coat Jil Sander. Girdle lisa’s Vintage Lingerie. Stockings Stockingirl.

Isabeli Fontana @ Women | Cover + Photo 1: Isabeli wears chest piece Katarzyna Konieczka. Hair John Frieda® Precision Foam Deep Natural Brown. Photo 2: Dress Dior autumn/winter 05. Gloves LaCrasia. Hair John Frieda® Full RepairTM Full Body Shampoo. | Photo 3: Bodysuit Bordelle. Belt Yves Saint Laurent by Stefano Pilati. Stockings Stockingirl. Headpiece Dior Haute Couture. Hair John Frieda® Frizz-Ease® 3 Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray.

Natasha Poly @ Women | Cover: Natasha wears dress, scarf and gloves Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci. Veil Jennifer Behr. | Photo 1: Coat Ralph Lauren. | Photo 2: Chest and arm brace Sullivan Walsh. Skirt Dior autumn/winter 2009. Knickers Calvin Klein. | Photo 3: Coat Sonia Rykiel. Corset Katarzyna Konieczka. Knickers Calvin Klein. Garter belt Lascivious. Stockings Stockingirl.

Amber Valletta @ DNA | Cover: Amber wears fragrance Florabotanica by Balenciaga. | Photo 1: Slip Jean Paul Gaultier. Robe New York Vintage. Knickers Maison Close. Stockings Stockingirl. Hair John Frieda® Frizz-Ease® Moisture Barrier Hairspray. | Photo 2: Dress Ralph Lauren. | Photo 3: Camisole and slip Francesco Scognamiglio. Kimono Jenny Packham. Garter belt Lascivious. Stockings Stockingirl. Hair John Frieda® Sheer Blonde® Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner.

Gisele Bundchen @ IMG | Photo 1: Gisele wears fragrance Chloé Eau de Parfum. Hair John Frieda® Loose Curls Ionic Styling Tong. | Photo 2: Dress Dior Haute Couture autumn/winter 08. Bra Josie. Knickers Maison Close. Body-piece Johanna O’Hagan. | Photo 3: Dress Versace autumn/winter 92.

To be irreplaceable, you must always be different

Text Anders Christian Madsen for i-D

Luigi Murenu is the legendary hairdresser on speed dial to the supermodels; on first name terms with the hollywood stars and the mastermind behind the luscious locks in i-D’s Role models shoot.

As one of the most lauded hairstylists in the world, Luigi Murenu knows his models. With a career spanning over 20 years, he has seen them come and go. Those who’ve remained on top have become his trusted colleagues, muses and friends. Over a multi-instalment production, Luigi created hairstyles for nine of the world’s biggest models, each handpicked as the ultimate super-role-models by the legendary coiffeur, visionary photographers Daniele + Iango, and stylist Patti Wilson. “These women stand for the dreams of everyone,” Luigi tells i-D over the telephone from his New York studio. “They stand for freedom and a certain security. I have to say, in a very longtime I never experienced such enormous greatness as from these girls. From the moment they walked into the studio, they were like, ‘What can we do? We want to do something amazing!’ No one was jaded. Everyone who was there had to perform and give their best. They were like actresses,” he says, his voice loaded with great affection and an infectious, childlike awe.

“The girls in this story stand for the dreams of everyone. They represent freedom and security. Elegance comes with knowledge and maturity, not with age.”

“Kristen McMenamy said, ‘Let’s do another story!’ Amber Valletta felt emotional when she had to leave. Natasha Poly didn’t want to leave because she loved her character so much. Stephanie Seymour was supposed to work until 7 o’clock. She stayed until 10. I cannot put into words the energy I experienced with all these amazing models, photographers, stylists and make-up artists. Too many and different emotions,” he continues. Exploring the concept of elegance was the starting point of a story that began as a three-model trilogy, but soon turned into one of the biggest undertakings of Murenu’s career. “We had a lot of talks about the type of women we like, and why we like them – what we wanted to portray with them. We were thinking about how elegance comes with knowledge and maturity. Not necessarily with age, but with experience. These are very iconic women, each for their own reason.” The result was a call sheet of stars not dissimilar to the cast list for George Michael’s Freedom video, or the rap towards the end of Larry Tee’s Supermodels Inc. Pull a name out for Murenu, and he’ll hit you back like a machine gun of superlatives. Gisele Bündchen: “The epitome of an icon. She is what everybody wants to be like and look like today.” Karen Elson: “A dream. She has this British elegance, which is very evocative and cool at the same time. In the pictures she reminds me of a bird flying in the desert.” Guinevere van Seenus: “A canvas for photographers and make-up artists. She’s unique in the way she stands out from other women. Her body is rounder, soft and beautiful, and she has this sensitive feeling.” Isabeli Fontana: “One of the most beautiful women in the world. I mean, that’s for sure.” Natasha Poly: “She’s one of my dearest friends, and she is the personification of generosity and professionality. She knows exactly how to pose and what to give the photographer.” Kristen McMenamy: “She is haute couture elegance. She’s very strong and she really gets into the part. She’s explosive.” Rather refreshingly for a gentleman of his calibre, Murenu isn’t one to downplay his excitement over the stars in question. “Stephanie Seymour…” he says, taking a sharp intake of breath before pausing dramatically. “There’s no one like Stephanie. She walks into a room and she picks up the light. She’s been a muse to me for a very long time, so I thought it was great to bring in such an iconic figure.” When it came to shooting Amber Valetta, they asked her to perform and not to model. “We wanted a story where Amber was a woman captured inside her own world, but she really loved this man who is portrayed by Sean O’Pry, and she totally nailed it!” Luigi explains. “If you think of the epitome of elegance, there’s a lot of couture and stardom. We thought Linda Evangelista was a great character for us to get that interpretation. Linda, she is a perfectionist and she loves her work like nobody else and she is an electromagnetic cameleon! She also has a little bit of a sensual beauty and masculine attitude, which is very strong,” he continues with sheer Italiano fervour. Next to Seymour McMenamy and Valetta, Evangelista is the only model out of the nine whose career reaches further back into the fashion annals than Murenu’s own.

“Being a role model is also showing people that you’re capable of multitasking. Most of them are mothers. It’s no longer popular to have one job or one identity. Today there are no rules anymore. You can be a mother and the same time a designer and an actress. Photographers can be stylists and have a sense of art direction.”

Raised in Sardinia in the 70s, his mother a nurse and his father the chief of transport on the island, Murenu wanted to become a dancer. But when his parents were unable to pay for dance courses, he sought out a new path. “I knew that to create an identity for myself I had to leave Sardinia. I wanted to become a hairdresser. I loved my parents, but I knew I had to go. It was very difficult for me, because I don’t think they understand the type of fashion that I do. They understand my life because they love me, but they don’t know what a catwalk is. They never went to a fashion show, not even in Milan,” Luigi says. “They come from another time. So I said to myself, ‘I’ll go to Paris,’ because that was where the fashion shows were,” he laughs. Murenu worked at some of the most famous salons in Paris before transitioning into fashion, which soon brought him to London and New York, and into the company of photographers such as Steven Klein, Richard Avedon, and Craig McDean, who shot the first i-D cover Murenu worked on. “I think there were two covers, one with Amber Valletta and one with Carolyn Murphy. I didn’t count but I think by now, I have more than 30 covers for i-D.” In the early 90s, Murenu’s editorial work caught the attention of Madonna, who booked him to do her hair for an appearance on Top of the Pops. “I did her hair in fifteen minutes and she loved that. She said, ‘I like this guy.’ We clicked. We come from the same background and we’ve both had to fight for our careers. We came from nothing.” The meeting was the beginning of a long-standing collaboration and friendship between the two, perhaps highlighted most famously by Murenu’s creation of Madonna’s so-called ‘Fallen Angel’ look for her Ray of Light video. “She’s a role model. I was talking to all the models, and all of them adore Madonna and have such huge respect for her. Certainly for me the most inspiring artist in music , I have to take off my hat,” Luigi says. “Maybe now, she’s also a role model for a new group of young people, who will look at her and say, ‘Look at this woman who came from nothing and became the most famous pop icon of the last 30 years.’ She’s the Queen of Pop. She’s fun and a hard worker. I love her. She’s one of my best friends, so I can only say beautiful things about her.” Having spent his life surrounded by the beauties of the world, you can forgive Murenu if beauty is a recurring component in his vocabulary. But it is an appreciation, which shouldn’t be mistaken for superficiality. Luigi revisits his cast list. “They’re not just models because they’re beautiful. They are the biggest workers ever. They work their asses off to stay at number one. And if you think about Amber, she’s not only a model, she’s a humanitarian, which I think is the biggest place to be a role model. She’s politically involved and outspoken,” he says. “Being a role model is also showing people that you’re capable of multitasking. Most of them are mothers. It’s no longer popular to have one job or one identity. Today there are no rules anymore. You can be a mother and the same time a designer and an actress. Photographers can be stylists and have a sense of art direction. There’s a role model for everyone to take from this shoot,” he says. Throughout his career, Murenu himself has made a point of working with young talent – such as Daniele + Iango – next to the old guard of fashion photographers, with whom he’s collaborated for decades. “I think I’m one of the very few people, who really helps to move things around to help young photographers have a say, and become a voice. I’m very proud of that. I work really hard to do that. That’s why I love to work for i-D. It’s such a democratic magazine. Terry and Tricia Jones give support to young people, and help them find their identity.” Ask Murenu about his role models in the industry, and you’d need another couple of pages to fit them in. “My official answer to your question is that people who inspire me the most are those who are able to give me something that I can keep and translate in the future,” he says. When posed with the question of who has been his biggest role model in life, Murenu comes to a halt. “Oh god – do you always ask such difficult questions? The biggest you ask me?” Luigi pauses, takes a deep breath. “My biggest role model is my mother.”

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Patti Wilson’s What’s Contemporary

September 6th, 2012

Patti Wilson’s What’s Contemporary

The worlds of fashion and art have always complimented each other, but what happens when those worlds collide? What’s Contemporary, the web’s ongoing dialogue with the influential and innovative creators behind the scenes, enlists legendary stylist Patti Wilson & boundary pushing music group The Black Soft to find out.

ContemporaryIS represents the 1st anniversary of What’s Contemporary and a rethinking of just what fashion can do. Led by What’s Contemporary editor in chief, Christopher Michael, Wilson & The Black Soft produced a series of images that reinterpret key runway looks by incorporating them into unique drawings. Look closely and you’ll see an appealing melange of humor, artistry and statement making fashion.

“I really liked the idea of doing something else with the fashion, not to just put the clothes on a body in a regular way, but to show the pieces in a different context. The art meeting the fashion in a way where the result is something completely new, rather than just the sum of both parts.” – Patti Wilson

“There are many different ways of being “contemporary” and in this collaboration, we were able to take Patti’s notorious contemporary sense of style and use it to inspire the creation of the perfect characters for these current designs.” – The Black Soft

 

 

 

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Rad Hourani Unisex Haute couture – F/W 2012

July 6th, 2012

RAD HOURANI UNISEX HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION PARIS Fall 2012

As one of the newest couturiers on the scene, Rad Hourani brings a perspective that is at once ultramodern and familiar. Fans of his work will see the signature shapes brought to life using the richest of materials and the most precise details and those unfamiliar with his oeuvre will find themselves taken by his austere brand of refinement. Hourani’s unisex ideal represents a couture first and takes gender out of the equation with a series of streamlined looks for men & women. Minimalism has been the buzzword this season, with a slew of houses redefining themselves by stripping things down to the barest of essentials, but some of the most thrilling couture comes from labels whose ethos has always been rooted firmly in stark simplicity.

STYLING BY PATTI WILSON
MAKE UP BY LUC BOUCHARD FOR MAC
HAIR BY RAMONA ESCHBACH FOR ORIBE
CASTING BY MAIDA BOINA AND THOMAS JIBOGUN
SHOW PRODUCTION BY MATHIEU GALLIX
SOUNDTRACK DESIGNED BY FENNESZ
ASSISTANT STYLIST TAYLOR KIM

THE COLLECTION IS AVAILABLE AT RAD HOURANI GALERIE 75 RUE CHARLOT 75003 PARIS FRANCE WWW.RADHOURANI.COM

MODELS :

GRACE H.
PASCAL D.
AGATA
ARTHUR
TIAN
NASTYA
ROBERTO S.
ALEXANDRE
ROBERTA
REECE
ERYCK
PATRICIA
BART
ALEX
DAVID
SAM
MONICA

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THE RAD #4 FACES

May 21st, 2012

THE RAD #4 FACES

Rad Hourani will be showing his first Haute Couture collection during Paris Haute Couture week this July 2012, and will be the first designer to present a Unisex Haute Couture show in history. Driven by an innovative approach to design and couture for the past 5 years, Rad Hourani has established a singular unisex vision and is pleased to show that his namesake label has now fully come into its own. The unisex reversible and transformable pieces are handcrafted and made with meticulous precision and dedication to Rad’s vision: genderless, seasonless and timeless. Exclusive and unique these pieces are destined to be more than garments, a collector’s item.

Every season Rad and his team style his looks by paying a deep attention to every single detail during his fittings to give us the best of what he does by editing the looks for each model to fit with their faces and body shapes. We wanted to share with you how much work goes into the process of editing runway looks. Here’s an exclusive look from the RAD by Rad Hourani ready to wear collection #4 fitting in New York in which you can see all the looks and details edits on RAD’s favorite faces.

Photography by Rad Hourani
Fashion editor Patti Wilson
Casting by Wayne Sterling
Stylist William Graper
Hair Ramona Eschbach for Oribe
Make up by Luc Bouchard for Mac
Production by Melissa Matos
Concept Models.com

The collection is available online at http://www.radhourani.com/collections/eshop

Models :

JADE JACKSON at One
ERYCK LAFRAMBOISE at Red
YANNICK at Wilhemina
AURELIE CLAUDEL at One
LETICIA LAMB at One
HYE at IMG
TIM at Wilhemina
NANA at Muse
CLAIRE at One
FANNY FRANCOIS at One
CASTILE CORTEZ at Red
CAROLA REMER at One
JAMES SMITH at Wilhemina
JOE CHOI at Red
DEBORA MULLER at One
AMBROSE CARTER at Red
HERIETH at Women
MATT KING at Wilhemina
BAPTISTE R. at Request
LOWELL TAUTCHIN at Soul
FREDERIK at Ford
POLINA BLINOVA at One
MILES MCMILLAN at Dna
LINDA V. at One
SEBASTIAN SAUVÉ at Soul
ELVIS at Wilhemina
MILLY SIMMONDS at One
JACOB at Major

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Candy 4

May 17th, 2012

Models.com presents an exclusive preview: Candy #4

CANDY 4TH ISSUE
SUMMER 2012
THE EXTRA EXTRAVAGANCE ISSUE

When it comes to making a fashion impact in short order, no one can compete with Candy Magazine. The groundbreaking glossy broke boundaries as the first transgender publication and in 3 issues it has garnered a cult-like following in and out of the industry. Afterall, what is better than a taste of candy? With their impressive roster of contributors and edgy editorials featuring the best models, actors and entertainers around Candy presents as bold as vision as we’ve seen. Headed by Luis Venegas, the magazine’s is especially timely today, on the International Day Against Homophobia and rest assured, with the 4th edition they don’t hold back.

A slew of industry insiders came together to create content that is guaranteed to tantalize. Androgynous cover star Tilda Swinton delivers a stellar turn in Xevi Muntane’s glamourous images, while Steven Klein’s erotic portfolio explores masculine romance with a sci-fi twist. We’re sure this is the first male pregnancy editorial you’ve ever seen. The provocative content doesn’t stop there, with fresh edits from David Armstrong – who commemorates the shots Nan Goldin took of him and Juan Gatti – who captures drag’s superstars, also demanding attention. Take a look inside Candy to experience it all for yourself – only in MDX.

Cover credits:
TILDA SWINTON
PHOTOGRAPHY: XEVI MUNTANE @ De Facto
CREATIVE DIRECTION AND STYLING: JERRY STAFFORD @ CLM London

Dress : Antony Price burnished gold plissé lamé couture ‘Rolls Royce’ dress especially created for Tilda Swinton and Candy magazine.
Hair: Odile Gilbert @ L’atelier(68)
Make Up: Lloyd Simmonds @ Agence Carole.
Manicure: Akiri Sugino @ Artlist Paris.
Style Consultants:  Laurent ‘Lola’ Mercier & Louis Heel

TILDA SWINTON | PHOTOGRAPHY: XEVI MUNTANE | CREATIVE DIRECTION AND STYLING: JERRY STAFFORD @ CLM London

Clothing tells us so much more than we give it credit for: every choice, every decision – even the decision not to choose
– TILDA SWINTON

BABY BOOM (Chris Fawcett pregnant) | PHOTOGRAPHY: Steven Klein | STYLING: Patti Wilson

I would tell the readers that it’s all fluid for me: there’s no real male or female.
– CHRIS CROCKER
I think transvestites are wonderful people -very colorful- and I love it!
– OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

TRANSHISPANIA | PHOTOGRAPHY: Juan Gatti | STYLING: NOEMÍ VÁZQUEZ

I don’t consider myself a woman, ‘cuz I don’t know what that is. I consider myself Lady Chablis and that is who I am.
– THE LADY CHABLIS
 

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i-D 318 – The Royalty Issue models.com cover previews

March 16th, 2012

i-D 318 – The Royalty Issue models.com cover previews

Presenting an exclusive models.com preview of 5 of the breathtaking new i-D Magazine No. 318 Covers

The queens of fashion unite of i-D’s royalty issue and the results are nothing short of stellar. Danielle & Iango shoot representations of modern regality creating striking images of Sui He, Guinevere Van Seenus, Shalom Harlow and Carolyn Murphy. Classical violin sensation Hahn Bin joins the fun in a stunning shot wearing Gareth Pugh. With styling by Patti Wilson, hair from Luigi Murenu and the added polish of Stephane Marais’ makeup each cover star is truly queen for a day. Take an exclusive first look at the covers only in MDX.

Photography: Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi
Styling: Patti Wilson
Hair: Luigi Murenu
Make-Up: Stephane Marais
Casting: Urban Productions / Casting

Guinevere Van Seenus
Guinevere wears cape worn as veil Alexander McQueen.
“If I were Queen for a day I would play with all of the crown jewels… take a nap and then play with them some more!”

Shalom Harlow
Shalom wears dress Gareth Pugh
“If I were Queen for a day I would make every person on the planet telepathic so that no one could lie about anything, not even to themselves; and then I would implement the new social political economic structures based upon truth and well-being for all living creatures”

Sui He
Sui wears fragrance Chanel Coco Mademeoiselle
“If I were Queen for the day, Iʼd ask everyone to do one good deed to help others.”

Hahn-Bin
Hahn-Bin wears all clothing Gareth Pugh.

Carolyn Murphy
Carolyn wears dress and hat Alexander McQueen
“If I were Queen for a day Iʼd tackle business and fun… Iʼd hold a meeting with Parliament and all UN leaders to sign a mandatory bill banning all GMO crops and processed foods worldwide. Iʼd ensure every human had access to organic food… then Iʼd throw a huge ʻNight in the Garden Ballʼ at the countryside palace dressed in Alexander McQueen and the queenʼs jewels!”

i-D 318 – The Royalty Issue models.com cover previews Part 2

Karl Lagerfeld by Karl Lagerfeld
Georgia May Jagger by Walter Pfeiffer style by Elgar Johnson
Vivienne Westwood by Juergen Teller
Daphne Groeneveld by Richard Bush / style by Sarah Richardson

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RAD BY RAD HOURANI #5 FOR FW12

February 24th, 2012

RAD by Rad Hourani Fall/Winter 2012

It’s not easy being green, but Rad Hourani makes the color look gritty and chic with his latest collection for Rad by Rad. For a designer as versed in the mythology of jet black as Hourani is, touches of color serve as important milestones. Only one accent shade is handled each season, but it is explored in a way that feels refreshing. Last season’s moody blues have given way to olive and jade tones that punctuate all those coveted onyx leather jackets and sharp-edged accessories. View the collection for yourself in this exclusive video and Betty Sze’s gorgeous backstage shots – only in MDX.

Fashion Consultant: Patti Wilson
Inhouse Stylist : William Graper
Hair: Ramona Eschbach For ORIBE
Makeup: Luc Bouchard for MAC
Soundtrack : Mekele

Backstage photos: Betty Sze
Text: Janelle Okwodu

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Rad Hourani S/S 2012 Unisex Collection #8

October 5th, 2011

Rad Hourani Spring/Summer 2012 Unisex Collection #8
CONSISTS OF 1 GARMENT IN 6 FABRICS = 22 LOOKS
Rad Hourani
Spring/Summer 2012

DIRECTED AND FILMED BY RAD HOURANI
STYLED BY Patti Wilson
MAKE UP BY Luc Bouchard FOR M.A.C
MODEL Kirsten Owen AT ONE
MODEL David Chiang AT ELMER OLSEN / MAJOR
EDITED BY Andrew MacPherson
PRODUCED BY MELISSA MATOS AND ELISABETH LEPAGE
SOUNDTRACK BY NICO MUHLY
ASSISTANT PHOTO GUILLAUME LAROSE
ASSISTANT STYLIST VE GOGUEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rad by Rad Hourani S/S 2012

September 19th, 2011

Over the past few seasons, Rad Hourani’s aesthetic has become familiar to fans of minimalist edginess. If you’re looking for an outfit that is tough, androgynous and slightly subversive, Rad is your go-to-guy. His ready to wear line Rad by Rad may have expanded his reach into a lower price point, but the mood is still the same. Spring adds an unexpected infusion of color via an exploration of blue, from sky to navy the hue flows throughout pieces. Added color aside, don’t expect to see head to toe pastels crop up on Rad’s runway anytime soon. This is a designer who knows his look and sticks to it and his commitment to consistency is what keeps fans coming back for more.
Rad Hourani
Spring/Summer 2012

Photos: Stephan Moskovic
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Casting: Wayne Sterling
Style Counsultant: Patti Wilson
Stylist: William Graper
Makeup: Luc Bouchard
Hair: Ramona Eschbach

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Rad Hourani Collection #7 Fall/Winter 2011

March 9th, 2011

SEE THE COMPLETE COLLECTION BELOW

FILM DIRECTED BY RAD HOURANI
STYLED BY PATTI WILSON
HAIR + MAKE UP BY LUC BOUCHARD FOR M.A.C
CO-DIRECTED + EDITED BY KEVIN CALERO
SOUNDTRACK BY MEKELE FOR RAD HOURANI
MODELS : YAN + HERIETH PAUL AT FOLIO / WOMEN DIRECT

6 GARMENTS, 22 LOOKS

PHOTOS BY RAD HOURANI
STYLED BY PATTI WILSON
HAIR + MAKE UP BY LUC BOUCHARD FOR M.A.C
MODELS : YAN + HERIETH PAUL AT FOLIO / WOMEN DIRECT
PRODUCTION : MELISSA MATOS & MAX ABADIAN STUDIO
DIGITAL BY ISABELLE LEPAGE

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Rad by Rad S/S 11

September 16th, 2010

In just a few short years Rad Hourani has moved from upstart to phenom, his sleek and sometimes severe aesthetic garnering fans in all the right places and snatching up choice editorial space in magazines like Numero and Vogue Russia. For spring the Hourani look feels as fresh as ever in his Rad by Rad line, though the focus on unisex, seasonless clothing remains. Warmer weather allowed for hints of lightness, brought in via crisp white accents on jackets and tunics, but jet black reigned supreme, showing up in nearly every look. Other designers play to the whims of buyers, but Hourani knows what he likes and his exacting vision is part of what makes his collections so interesting. Skintight leather and black boots aren’t what we expect this time of year, but seeing them such finely crafted versions is a pleasure regardless of the season. Hourani even manages to tap into our need for immediacy, by offering admirers the chance to purchase looks moments after they were seen on the runway, how’s that for instant gratification.

» Shop the Rad by Rad collection here
 

Rad by Rad Hourani
Spring/Summer 2011

Photos: Stephan Moskovic
Text: Janelle Okwodu

Rad by Rad Hourani Spring / Summer 2011

» Shop the Rad by Rad collection here

Casting: Wayne Sterling
Styling consultant: Patti Wilson
Makeup: Hung Vanngo
Hair: Ramona Eschbach

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Rad Hourani F/W 10

February 19th, 2010

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Rad Hourani Fall/Winter 2010 | official web sites: Rad Hourani (collection) / Rad by Rad Hourani / Eshop: shop.radbyradhourani.com
Designer: Rad Hourani
Stylist: Patti Wilson
Casting: Wayne Sterling
Makeup: Hung Vanngo

Photos: Stephan Moskovic
Video shot and edited by: Elgin Smith
Music by: Oblio Joes

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Rad Hourani SS/10

September 14th, 2009

At the Rad Hourani SS/10 show in NYC @ Mac at Milk. Photos by Stephan Moskovic

 

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