Rad Hourani’s futuristic, unisex collections walk the line between total abstraction and the scrupulous laws of geometry.

Working exclusively in black and white, the Canadian designer applied multiple, armorlike panels to create shape-shifting ensembles. For example, the panels obscured a pair of Bermuda shorts, making them resemble a skirt, which in turn approximated a dress when worn with an elongated top. “The trick is to calculate proportions,” Hourani said backstage. “I never studied fashion, but I was always good in math. I think of these transformable pieces as buildings inside other buildings.”

Even a pair of formfitting shorts worn over skinny leather pants added up nicely. One silk crepe dress boasted a quixotic construction attached to the shoulders that could be interpreted as either a folded jacket or a pair of wings.

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