Lebanese-American designer Rami Kadi’s Fall-Winter 2019/20 collection is akin to a walk in a verdant garden. The ‘Temple of Flora’ line was recently showcased during Arab Fashion Week (9-14 October) in Dubai, following its reveal during Haute Couture week in Paris this July.
“This is the second season that I showcased at in Dubai this year,” Rami told Villa 88. “After Paris and Montenegro, it was good to bring it to the Arab World, so that our region can see it. Arab Fashion Week was the right platform to do that, and I’m hoping we can emphasize more on the fashion in our region.”
From 3D-knitted iridescent sequins to the ombré effect, hand-painted plastic leaves to laser-cut techniques, the collection offers a lesson in intricate detailing. Rami draws inspiration from Taschen’s reprint of the book The Temple of Flora, which he came across while browsing a private book collection in Beirut, a box set portfolio of illustrations by Robert John Thornton that was originally published in 1799.
When asked how the collection is a fit for the regional woman, Rami said, “This collection is for the strong woman who has a dash of femininity, and wants to be herself. The floral element gives the collection the its feminine twist.” We can’t wait to see what Rami brings to the table next.