Another fashion house creative director job is up for grabs, in case you know anyone who’s interested. Manish Arora, Paco Rabanne‘s artistic director for the past two seasons, has left the label, WWD is reporting.
This is sort of a surprising development, because while Arora’s first space-aged, Mugler-inspired collection for the label in spring 2012 received mixed reviews, his fall 2012 collection was more favorably received and much more wearable. Lady Gaga famously wore his out-there spring designs shortly after Arora’s first show (which is obviously a different scenario than if say, Kate Middleton wears your clothes) and J. Lo just sported a top from the spring collection on American Idol. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the clothes are moving at retail, but celeb buzz for a label is nothing to sneeze at. So why is he leaving?
We reached out to Paco Rabanne’s PR and they told us the move was “in aim to relaunch the brand, and that has been done, fantastically so. So that’s it for him, the house is handed to someone else.” The house brought him on short-term to revive the brand, and apparently they think he’s done his job. “The strong media impact of the past two seasons has enabled Paco Rabanne to partake with strength in the universe of contemporary fashion,” Paco Rabanne’s owner, Puig, said in a release. Arora seems equally as content. “Revisiting the Paco Rabanne fashion was a very enriching experience and an exceptional artistic and human adventure,” he said. “I am, today, happy to have accomplished the mission I was trusted with in order to cast this iconic brand back into the spotlight.”
So who is going to take over for Paco Rabanne? And do you think the label can continue its momentum?