Paco Rabanne’s Lastest Hire

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The Paco Rabanne label has had its peaks and valleys since its chain mail days in the 1960’s including a few years in the mid-2000’s with the designer, Patrick Robinson which was a distinct high point.

The latest showman calling the shots is the uber-creative Indian designer, Manish Arora. I met Manish a few years ago in Paris when he designed for LaCroix in 2008. That year he created the infamous carousel dress. A dress that had a merry-go-round circling the model’s waist; not printed on fabric or some kind of 3D stationary cut-out but an actual mechanical miniature amusement ride. And this was prêt a porter so I can’t imagine the antics for couture.

Manish is serious about fashion design and his first show for Rabanne didn’t disappoint. There were lots of looks that referenced the label’s metallic sectioned past and some lady who lunch skirt suits too. But all very body conscious and shapely.

These days it doesn’t take a fashion professional to see which looks are for the runway (or Lady Gaga) and which dresses are commercial or made for actual humans. I saw this collection in New York on a rail. See if you can guess runway versus reality.

About Mimi Lombardo

I'm a seasoned fashion editor, stylist and writer. I write about fashion and luxury from an insider's perspective. Check out my styling portfolio at mimi-lombardo.format.com.
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