Lebanese – American fashion designer Rami Kadi presented his spring summer 2020 couture collection Kaleidoscope through a cyber-show. Rami is the first in the Middle East to present a collection in this way. The idea of a cyber-show is an expression of staying up-to-date with rapidly changing technology, as well as the idea of universal connectivity. Its carbon footprint is also much smaller than that of a physical show. This all corresponds to the theme of Rami’s collection: the possibility of restoring harmony in the world through waves of good energy.
The Indian Mandalas are sacred symbols that are used for meditation, prayer, healing and art therapy. A way to transfer positive energy. Rami’s collection features the Mandala in deconstructed form and in full. This motif provides the collection with both visual richness as visual complexity (in its deconstructed form). Rami was also inspired by Tantra and the 7 Chakras. In Tantra, when chakras are aligned, we get to ultimate bliss. Kaleidoscope is a quest for the alignment of the chakras through hues, materials, and shapes.
The collection is a modern textural symphony that plays on light in myriads of ways. Sparkly reflections give a dreamy feel to the collection. Light and reflections of light are characters in and of themselves. Colour therapy also plays a role. Naturally the colour green figures in many dresses, with its symbolism for growth, freshness, and healing. Generally, the collection makes use of pastels and neutrals, while featuring instances of vibrant colours for accent.
The couture collection makes use of sequins with different shapes and colours, as well as metallic laser-cut sequin sheets, crystal stones, coloured feather, tulle layers, prints on sequins, and printed 3D organza.
Sustainability in the fashion industry, a topic that has gained a lot of attention in the past years due to the negative impact the production of textile has on our environment. Rami’s collection features the first dress made completely from recycled plastic. It is a reference to the idea of turning the bad into good, and also highlights the importance of sustainable development in the fashion industry.
Rami Kadi joins a club of responsible designers who aim to make a difference through fashion. Rami continues to grow as a designer, his work is multidimensional. Whether it is the idea behind the collection, the craftsmanship and skill that went into making the pieces, incorporating sustainable fashion or the idea of presenting the collection via a cyber-show… Rami keeps raising the bar.
Check out the gallery for my personal favorites from this collection