When one of Beirut’s top chefs, Charles Azar, teams up with one of the city’s most talented fashion designers, Rami Kadi, the result is – undoubtedly – a harmony of sweet sensations
Food like fashion is driven by good taste, so it was only natural that Taste & Flavors combines the beauty and craftsmanship in fashion with the same artistry as dressing a plate.
We turned to celebrity designer Rami Kadi, this year’s guest of honor at the Salon du Chocolat Beirut chocolate Fashion Show to weigh in on this connection. Since Paris is the capital of both food and fashion, we met up with both Kadi and Chef Charles Azar (who will be executing the chocolate dress) at La Petite Table in Gardens Naccache. The chef was keen on teaching Kadi about the ins and outs of pastry making and the chef got a crash course in dress making. Both were eager to share details about the upcoming show and what they both had under their sleeves….
What is your inspiration for the dress you will create for Salon Du Chocolat?
Fifties fashion inspiration, and since my signature is flowers, we will make it all delicately floral.
What is the connection between food and fashion?
The art of creation, the fusion of elements and contents up until the last, fine presentation.
Do you cook and if so what and how oﬅen?
I do not cook, but since I love trying out new things, once a month, I gather my close friends over and cook out of the box ingredients.
What is your favorite cuisine or dish and why?
Japanese, since it’s raw, light, salty, healthy and tasty.
What is your favorite Lebanese dish?
Vine leaves and hummus.
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
The darker the better.
What led you to become a fashion designer?
I have been interested in fashion for as long as I can remember. From my very early childhood, I used to alter my mom’s clothes and help her pick her outfits, and by the time I graduated from high school, I had already decided that my vocation was to pursue a career in the fashion field. It was only natural that I enrolled in fashion design school, ESMOD Beirut in 2005, from which I graduated with honors and distinction in 2008.
Describe you work process?
Once I find my source of inspiration, the real work begins, in terms of research, fabric, supply chain, tailoring, up until showcasing the collection in Paris.
What has been your inspiration for your collections so far?
Anything can be inspiring: the music I listen to while I’m driving, interaction with people, when I’m relaxing at the beach or reading magazines, watching other designers fashion shows, etc. Another major source of inspiration is obtained while traveling, visiting new countries and getting acquainted with new cultures and fashion salons… Inspiration is not only limited to my day to day activities, it can also be found in my dreams! I always dream about dresses or shapes and I wake up in the middle of the night to draw them and then go back to sleep.
Do you have a muse? Who is she and why?
I consider each and every woman I am dressing as my muse.
What kind of a woman wears Rami Kadi?
An elegant, bold and confident woman.
Are you a dreamer or a realist?
You need a bit of both to keep your sanity.
What’s been your greatest achievement so far?
I believe the release of each collection is my greatest achievement.
“Beirut is my…eternal love”
Chef Charles Azar shares his thoughts about the show.
What was your inspiration for the dress?
Every year, we search for new sources for our inspiration in the purpose of creating a new chef-d’œuvre and this year, chocolate spring flowers are spread over the dress reflecting the ‘Back to the 50’s’ theme.
What was it like working with Rami Kadi?
Working with Rami was an exceptional experience. He is highly talented and has a deep creative understanding. He’s an artist who is always ready to collaborate, coordinate and inspire others to achieve their goals.