I chanced upon Paco Rabanne while browsing through Style.com and was completely enamoured of this unfamiliar brand, and their Spring/Summer 2014 collection.
Paco Rabanne (the person) was born in Spain in 1934. His mother was a seamstress for Balenciaga and they fled to France during the Spanish Civil War. Originally trained in architecture, he started his label by venturing into perfumes, jewellery and then, fashion. In the 1960s, when he first presented his collection of 12 Unwearable Dresses in Contemporary Materials. He used
unconventional contemporary materials such as metal, plastic, rubber, and cardboard. His penchant for challenging convention continued with experimentations in materials like paper, knitted-fur, and fiberglass. These experimentations helped cement Paco Rabanne (the brand) as an embodiment of a rebellious and futuristic spirit.
Paco Rabanne is now 80 years old and the brand is now led by Julien Dossena (who previously designed for Balenciaga), initially brought on as a consultant, he was offered the role of creative director after 8 months.
Julien has taken a very refreshing and sporty interpretation of the brand for his first collection. I especially like the second look in the first series (top) and everything in the second row of images.
Ugh. I love and hate online shopping.
Paco Rabanne’s signature of chain mail, was also quite successfully (first two looks above) executed, layered under sorta sporty-looking vests/vest-dress.
And the styling of the loose, wispy/messy hair and mix of sandals and cut-off cowboy boots just, for some reason, exude a very strong sportswear vibe, which I can’t get enough of.
A favourite look from this collection is this two-tone tennis dress below.
Not that it really is a tennis dress, but it’s so beautiful and I can imagine myself playing a game of tennis in it.
That, or a killer editorial with this dress, a visor, chunky metallic cuffs, racquet against a clay court. Yummmmm! I also spy it at LN-CC.
Images from Style.com.