Nathalie Trad’s bold design redefines the boundaries of fashion aesthetics
”My designs draw heavily from nature’s complex forms and the ever-unfolding possibilities within it” Nathalie Trad, in Savoir Flair
The Story of Nathalie Trad
Settings: Dubai, year 2013
Leading lady: Beirut Born Nathalie Trad was raised in Dubai and completed her education in two of the most influential fashion capitals worldwide, Paris and New York. After earning a BA from Paris’ ESMOD International in 2008 Trad relocated to New York to further pursue her career.There, she obtained a BBA in Design and Management from Parsons The New School for Design and worked at Proenza Schouler. The experience and expertise gained during those years abroad coupled with a natural inclination in re-interpreting fashion aesthetics with asymmetric, geometric forms, brought gifted Nathalie to the creation of her first collection of accessorizes, launched in Dubai last April.
Plot: While living in New York Nathalie loved spending time in her favorite bookstore, Strand, house of rare, out of prints, whimsical books. There she came across Albertus Seba’s book of natural illustrations, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities and she had an epiphany: “Seeing the kaleidoscope of colors in the insects carcasses immediately triggered in me a creative outpouring” says Nathalie ” I got completely mesmerized by the complex forms, shapes and patterns captured in the book” And that’s how Nathalie’s first creations came to life, with shapes and colors drawn from natural history as an underlying theme for her entire collection of shell clutches, statement necklaces and leather bags. The choice of natural material, such as mother pearl, resin and stones, combined with bold geometric shapes and sharp contrast in colors, contributes in forging Nathalie’s signature style which speaks charm and novelty. No wonder the Polygonia clutch was chosen by queen of novelty Mary Katrantzou for her Met Gala appearance.Chapeau Nathalie.