Paco Rabanne Breaks Away from Its Sci-Fi Heritage

Paco Rabanne Fall 2016

Photos Credit: Paco Rabanne

Season after season, Julien Dossena has faithfully recreated the sci-fi aesthetic of Paco Rabanne’s founder. But for Fall 2016, he presented a lineup of original, more wearable pieces. To make the collection more accessible and appealing to a wider audience, he used multiple sources of inspiration. At times it felt convoluted and complicated, but a few pieces hit their mark, like a series of paper bag trousers and turtleneck dresses.

Paco Rabanne Fall 2016

Instead of silvery metallics, dramatic cuts, and plastic and metal adornments, Dossena sent a line of softer, more subtle pieces down the runway. There were nods to the ‘50s greaser, traditional Japanese prints and Jean Paul Gaultier with a series of sheer tops and architectural bralettes. In fact the only reference he made to the brand’s space-age origins was found hidden in the paneling of monochromatic dresses and overcoats.

Paco Rabanne Fall 2016

A few pieces that combined the look of Japanese tiger prints and floral prints with the leather, buckles and denim of a greaser felt a little more Ed Hardy than Paris Fashion Week. These missteps were easily dismissed however, when he sent out kimono-print frocks and silk slip dresses with ruffles on the end.

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Marissa Stempien

Marissa Stempien graduated with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Asian Studies from San Francisco State University. Previously a beauty editor, Marissa now utilizes her love and passion of luxurious fashion everyday as Fashion Editor of JustLuxe. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, Marissa has traveled to various cities across the globe, most recently returning from living abroad...(Read More)

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