Connecting Fashion Around The World
As young as he can remember, Rami Kadi always had a peak of interest in fashion. From playing with fabric to creating innovative pieces, Kadi knew fashion designing was his path.
The Lebanese native fell in love with the artistic route of fashion early on as 15 years old. As he grew older and graduated from Esmod Beirut, fashion school of design in 2008, he gained inspiration and fresh ideas from the women in Lebanon, where Kadi’s own workshop is based.
“Lebanon style is very sophisticated,” said Kadi. “You will catch ladies in heels, hair is always done and well dressed.”
There is a high level of consumerism in Lebanon. According to Kadi, most retailers carry one unit per style, which causes everything to run out almost quickly.
“There are a lot of couture designers in Lebanon and barely any ready-to-wear,” said Kadi, who says people would prefer custom-made, couture pieces for weddings and special events.
Kadi gets his designs from constructing pieces in his mind rather than sketching. Staying up to date in fashion is what matters most for Kadi, which helps keep the beauty and hard work that he creates into his pieces and collection. Bulky and over-the-top dramatic concepts are some of his apprehensions.
“Everything I construct is handmade and made in-house. Every dress is never duplicated or produced twice for the same country,” said Kadi. “These are one time, luxury pieces.”
Kadi’s new collection, Le Gala Des Mystères(Mysterious Gala)—a collection based on a tale of a graceful beauty who attends a gala from being pressed for time – uses his signature colors from black, red, gold to white. The end results were full of desire, edgy spirit with dramatic materials. These specific embroideries added a high-end charisma and glamour to the collection.
“I like to play with colorful, high-tech thick fabrics to get volume,” said Kadi. “These fabrics represent how I dress as a designer, stylish and cultured.”
Kadi exudes hard work, letting it be known that every designer should be ready to do anything and always focus on what the story is going to be for the next collection.