Paco Rabanne Womenswear A/W12

Manish Arora does a volte face and concentrates on working Rabanne’s signature chainmail into tailoring

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Manish Arora seemed hell bent on addressing wearability in this follow up collection, as an extreme reaction to last season’s Phillip Treacy disc hats and paper foil human fans. He therefore took the Rabanne signature chainmail and worked it into weighted grey leather tailoring and panelled miniskirts and shift dresses where the metal links are spliced into the arms and used to weigh down hems.

Overall it was disciplined in so much that metal hardware became a central way of embellishing contemporary clothes and Arora proved that the newly revived Paco Rabanne brand doesn’t need to just show clothes with complex theatrics

It wasn’t all well mannered as the show descended into disco party mode with silver metal disc jumpsuits and dresses, monkey fur armed cocktail dresses that jangle with gold chain and black patent criss-crossed strips. Overall it was disciplined in so much that metal hardware became a central way of embellishing contemporary clothes and Arora proved that the newly revived Paco Rabanne brand doesn’t need to just show clothes with complex theatrics.

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