Thursday, January 18

Master of Couture Extraordinaire … Interview with Hadi Katra

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Bringing together simplicity, contemporary design and experimental form; Hadi Katra is a luxury fashion designer who got in touch with his creative fashion sense at a very early age!  Long years ago, Hadi, the son of the famous Lebanese designer ‘Pierre Katra’ shadowed his dad’s career steps creating his own semi-couture, ready-to-wear label with sexy, elegant and simple cuts as the main keywords. We asked Hadi about Fashion and design, and here is what he said!

 When did you discover your passion for fashion?

It started a long time ago when I was just a little boy.  I used to visit my father’s atelier and I was really interested in all the colors and fabrics around me. I fell in love with fashion right away and I was eager to create numbers on my own.

How would you describe your fashion label in 3 words?

Trendy, classy and sophisticated.

Your definition of a Look Extraordinaire?!

Any new idea or mixture of diverse concepts can produce a Look extraordinaire. I thrive on creating new notions in every one of my collections. I just love to combine fabrics and cuts to create something extraordinary.

New, feel-good trends for 2017?

The tendency to generate more comfortable and practical pieces for the modern woman.

Fashion item that makes the look stand out?

The right accessory! Shoes and bags always complete the look and make it stand out.

Certain names you prefer working with?

I work with a lot of great people and amazing clients; they are all my friends.

Which is more important: being stylish or feeling comfortable?

It can be both! Being stylish doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable. Just keep it simple and natural.

Piece of advice for the fashionistas out there to look their best?

You should go for the look that suits you, as long as it makes you feel good.

Fashion trends that never go out of date?

The classics! The little black dress and sexy backless gowns; those never go out of date.

The feel-good factor about your designs?

Well, you have to ask my clients that! 🙂 My main concern is to show women’s femininity and enhance their best features. Also, for me, picking the color and cut that are in tune with the client’s character is very imperative to creating striking numbers.

Your definition of a happy wardrobe?

A happy wardrobe is a complete and updated one, with a felicitous choice of outfits for various times and occasions.  My advice is to have the new colors of every season and add some sexy, trendy attire for the evening.

The most beautiful thing that ever inspired you?

The woman is the first and most beautiful thing that ever inspires me. I also get inspired by the architecture and culture of beautiful cities. Sometimes a small object can be a big source of inspiration and may develop into a new collection.

Top feel-good moment in your career?

It’s the moment after every great collection and successful fashion show.

Zen Island

How does it feel like to have all of my dreams come true?

It’s like a dream to have them all come true. J

Can you put a price tag on happiness?

Happiness is priceless.

What puts you in a good mood?

Music and relaxing time with friends.

What puts a huge smile on your face?

When I see my clients happy.

What life experiences do you want to have next?

There’s still a lot to do. We learn everyday!

Out and About

My Joie-De-Vivre moto is…” live and let live!”

Things I barely go out without… sadly, my phone!

My all-time role model … my dad.

– If the devil didn’t wear Prada, she would wear… “snickers”!

Fashion in Egypt will thrive if!… it gets more interaction and involvement with the worldwide fashion. I think Egyptian designers are already on the right track; learning more about the trends, joining fashion weeks, staying updated, and connecting to the new fashion cycle.

– If I weren’t a fashion designer, I would be… a painter.

– Life will be happier if… people were more positive.

This interview is part of The ‘Feel Good’ Issue of Magnificent Magazine. Click here to access the online version of this issue and all Magnificent issues!


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