• • Paris Fashion Week: Rad Hourani on reaching the top as an haute couture designer
Jeanne Beker, Toronto Star The Fountainhead | Q:Your work is like nothing we have ever seen at couture. Which is ideal. We want something unique. But it really is such a departure. Did it make you insecure that maybe you wouldn’t be accepted? A: Never! From the beginning, I started with a high-end unisex line. It wasn’t something that existed before. I never do something for the eyes of others. Do you know the book by Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead? For me, the personality of Howard Roark is the way I see the world. Many people said to me, “You have to read this book. It’s you! You’re in it.” And when I read it, I felt this is exactly what I’m talking about. If you have a vision, you don’t compromise and you don’t exist for the eyes of others. You don’t do things thinking about what others will think.