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Dana Hourani Turns Fashion Designer For Beirut Brand Boyfriend

Perennial It-girl and style muse Dana Hourani has flexed her design muscle to collaborate with Boyfriend on a limited-edition capsule collection. The gender-neutral label was founded by Beirut-based stylist (and self-proclaimed male version of Hourani when it comes to sartorial choices) Amine Jreissati in October 2017, with the aim of providing every-day basics and closet staples that could be worn by both genders, and mixed and matched.

“We have always bounced ideas off each other for fun, even before getting the idea to do a capsule,” says Hourani of working with Jreissati. “It was only a matter of time before we brought it to life.” The idea behind the Boyfriend x Dana Hourani capsule, which is available for purchase from October 31 at Depechemode in Beirut, was about infusing a pinch of Hourani’s unique and daring style of leather pieces and bi-color tones into the brand’s DNA. The result is baggy leather trousers, even more oversized outerwear, a crisp blouse (in you guessed it, leather) and a two-toned jacket, which is the Lebanese fashion blogger’s personal favorite piece from the offering. “The same shirt can be worn by a man or a woman, simply twisted with a belt or rubber bands around the sleeves to match each taste and style,” explains Jreissati.

Though Hourani’s sister, Donna, is a revered jewelry designer, it is Dana’s first time designing a collection. However, the Sharjah-born fashion icon hasn’t been short of work. Having dabbled extensively in the music scene, Hourani runs DTales, a blog that marries her love for Celine and Balenciaga with music. She’s also had some acting stints in 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize ready-to-wear winner Faissal El-Malak‘s short films (she’s the label’s brand ambassador), and recently teamed up with Lebanese band Adonis to release “Kawkab Tany”, a remake of 2000 hit “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus, begging the question: Is there anything she can’t do?

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