Will Mannish Arora take over at Paco Rabanne?

29 December 2010

Paco Rabanne – one of the quintessential labels of the Sixties, is making a comeback! Instantly recognisable by their space-age appearance and metallic colour palette, the first items that will find their way onto the most fashionable of arms will be the iconic 1969 chainmail handbags; available from Dover St Market from January.

Next will be ready to wear. The original designer, Paco Rabanne is no longer the creative director, although he is involved in a consultancy role. He’s said "The Paco Rabanne brand is and must remain what it has always been: audacious." We agree. But who can take the label back to its heyday, when imagination was the limit and a PVC mini dress with matching boots or an ensemble made entirely of plastic hoops were the very last word in chic? Who out there has an imagination ridiculous enough yet is also a respected designer with the commercial know-how to run his own label?

Step forward Mannish Arora! Yep, the man repsonsible for Katy Perry’s merry-go-round dress and Nicki Minaj’s most terrifying ensemble to date has been linked to the revived label. As we say, this has not been confirmed, although we think it seems like a plausible match.

Meanwhile, over in luxury label corner, more rumours beset the house of Yves Saint Laurent. Beleaguered incumbent designer Stefano Pilati’s job is now whispered to be about to be offered to Haider Ackermann, the man who Karl Lagerfeld wouldn’t mind replacing him (ONE day!) at Chanel. . .  like we say, it’s idle chatter at this stage so continue to watch this space and you’ll know as soon as we do!

- Naomi Attwood


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