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11 posts tagged "Paco Rabanne"

Is Optical-Illusion Fashion The Future?


Labels from to Norma Kamali to Forever 21 have been experimenting with 3-D techno magic to enhance their brands this year, like when Burberry put on a virtual spectacular of epic proportions in Beijing back in April). At the Spring shows, tastemakers like Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière and Marc Jacobs performed optical illusions of their own with iridescent cellophane looks that glinted with each step down the runway. Other designers, including Derek Lam, Olivier Theyskens, and Manish Arora, went for a more holographic effect. Lady Gaga (who else?) noticed. The pop supernova borrowed a dress from Arora’s Paco Rabanne debut for a performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Here at, we remain divided about the wearability of these part sci-fi, part psychedelic pieces, but there’s no arguing that stylist and street-style favorite Katie Shillingford’s futuristic Christopher Kane top, spotted on the show circuit, was a hit.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW and let us know if you plan on giving your wardrobe a holographic spin.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

Elle Fanning Stars In Rodarte’s Newest Short, Rabanne Rumors Confirmed, An Angel Gets Her High-Fashion Wings, And More…


Golden girl Elle Fanning may be only 12 years old, but her star is on the rise. Sofia Coppola’s already proclaimed her affection for the young actress, and now the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte have cast her, too: In a Rodarte-costumed short film, The Curve of Forgotten Things, by director Todd Cole. It premieres officially next Tuesday on Nowness, but we’ve got a sneak preview, above. [Nowness]

Rumors confirmed. Manish Arora is the new creative director for Paco Rabanne’s womenswear, debuting his first collection for the label at Spring ’12 fashion week in Paris this October. [WWD]

The latest Victoria’s Secret model to make her way toward the editorial mainstream? That’d be South African stunner Candice Swanepoel, who bagged big shoots with Mario Testino for VMan and nabbed the cover of Vogue Italia for February. Next up, the runways? [Fashionologie]

And fashion week’s approach has everyone’s nerves a little frayed, it seems. The gossipmongers at Page Six claim that at Thakoon Panichgul’s studio, even his little dog, Stevie, is stressed—she’s reported to have bitten an intern. Team Thakoon denied the claim in print, and took to Twitter to add: “Dear interns present and future, selling stories to Page Six will not get you hired.” Whatever else is or isn’t true, that last bit most certainly is. [Page Six / @ThakoonNY]

The Manish Arora Recipe:
Tears And Tandoori


Manish Arora works between New Delhi and Paris, but that’s been no deterrent in his current mini-takeover of Mercer Street. You can see his unmistakable kaleidoscopic and cartoony visual stamp in the windows of the Nespresso store at the corner of Prince Street, and if you wander south, you’ll now stumble upon his new jewelry collection with Swarovski at the Crystallized store between Spring and Broome. Gathered last night to celebrate the latter was an impressive crowd of subcontinental talents: director Mira Nair, actor-cum-jeweler Waris Ahluwalia, and designers Bibhu Mohaptra, Prabal Gurung, and Rachel Roy.

“I remember his first show,” said Gurung (left, with the designer), who worked for Arora right after graduating from New Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion. “It was the Hotel Parth. There wasn’t a single person who wasn’t crying during the finale.”

“There’s always a lot of crying at my shows,” laughed Arora. “I don’t know why.”

“People had been waiting for him to do his own stuff,” Gurung continued. “When he launched, everything came free. The models did it for free. The only thing he paid for was the clothes. I remember there was a model eating a chicken tandoori.” On the runway? Yes.

Not that Arora’s shows have mellowed much in the intervening 14 years. Recall the eye-popping Spring 2011 dress topped with a sculpted gold ribcage worn recently by Gaga-esque fashion savant Nicki Minaj. Arora’s Swarovski pieces—a series of heart-shaped crystal pendants—are relatively understated but no less stylish. At any rate, fashion’s romance with Arora may further flourish if the rumors that he’s up to helm Paco Rabanne have any truth. To that end, Arora issued no denials. We’ll take that as a strong maybe.

Photo: Chance Yeh /

Prada To China, A New Face (Maybe) At Paco Rabanne, “Mr. Armani’s Probably Gonna Kill Me,” And More…


Prada is Beijing bound. The Italian label is the latest to take its show on the road to China, where Miuccia Prada will present her Spring ’11 women’s collection (left)—with a few pieces created especially for the event—on January 22. [WWD]

The rumor mill is churning again, and this time it’s about the house of Paco Rabanne. Is Indian designer Manish Arora—a spangle-favoring boundary-pusher championed by Browns’ Joan Burstein—slated to helm the house’s return to ready to wear and revive its fortunes? [Racked]

Victoria Beckham’s bags apparently cause as much of a stir as her tabloid-friendly goings and comings in L.A. Her new accessories debuted this morning on Net-A-Porter—and sold out before noon. [@NETAPORTER]

Speaking of hard-to-get accessories, two lucky Parisian fans walked away from a Lady Gaga show with the Lady’s own mirrored Armani heels. “Mr. Armani’s probably gonna kill me,” she said, before tossing them into the audience. Video right this way. [Huffington Post]

And collab-a-minute Opening Ceremony has just announced its next group project: A line with Maison Martin Margiela. For the real challenge, we want to see Humberto and Carol team up with the reclusive Monsieur Margiela himself. [WWD]

Gather Ye Rosebud(-Printed Pumps) While Ye May, Men In Heels Get A New Mascot, And More…


Loved the runway footwear Nicholas Kirkwood created for Erdem and Peter Pilotto? Good news: the floral-printed heels from Erdem’s Spring ’11 show, and the graphic, geometric ones from Peter Pilotto’s Spring ’11 one (pictured) are now available at a “pop-up” e-commerce shop—one that’s set to close in a little less than 2 days. Run, don’t walk if you’re interested (presumably, though, not in Kirkwood heels). [ASVOF]

Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is putting her latest spin on a classic. She’s collaborating with the house of Paco Rabanne to reissue a 1969 Rabanne bag during Paris fashion week. [WWD]

Men in heels have been making strides—no pun intended—of late, and now they’ve got a celebrity mascot: Lenny Kravitz, who hit the town in a pair of leather wedges. [Gawker]

And Detmar Blow wants Rachel Weisz to play his late wife, Isabella, onscreen. [Fashionologie]

Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood