Paco Rabanne - spring 2013

An eclectic mélange of textures and colours

After stints at Givenchy and Rue du Mail, 29-year-old Lydia Maurer took the wheel of Paco Rabanne from Indian designer, Manish Arora. In her first collection for the historic French label, Maurer drew upon her mixed heritage - German and Columbian - creating looks that were both utilitarian and architectural, and an eclectic mélange of textures and colours.

Maurer’s inspiration for the collection was a series of portraits by Jean Clemmer of nude women wearing armour-like adornments, titled “Canned Candies.” Chainmail was abundant, which gave movement and weight to the pieces, and brought us back to the late sixties, the era of the Janes (Birkin and Fonda).

Wearing gladiator sandals that extended up the thigh, models swayed down the runways with their mesh skirts, bejewelled and metallic, flouncing along to music by the Doors. This spring, Paco Rabanne is totally rock ‘n roll, with a twist of gladiator and a touch of bad girl cool.

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