A month after the recently revivied Paco Rabanne label parted ways with creative director Manish Arora, the label has already named a successor. According to a press release, up-and-coming designer Lydia Maurer is the new Artistic Director of Women’s Ready-to-Wear at the house.
While Maurer’s name may not ring any bells outside the industry, the 29-year-old designer has definitely been around the block: She’s worked at both Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy and began working at Paco Rabanne as head of their studio in November 2011.
When Arora‘s exit was announced, a spokesperson for the brand told us that the artistic director had been brought on only short term to revive the house–and once that was accomplished the plan was always for Arora to leave. It makes sense, then, that they would promote from within the company–particularly someone who, as head of their studio, would have worked closely with Arora and who perhaps was even groomed by the Indian designer to take his place.
For Paco Rabanne, the transformation is certainly not over–and Maurer will now play an integral role in defining the house’s new identity. “Her determination and her unique sensitivity in terms of the artistic and experimental universe of Paco Rabanne are going to enable us to pursue the renewal of our House in the long term,” the press release reads.
So what kind of designs can we expect from the newly-appointed creative director? Maurer is said to have an avant-garde sensibility, a fascination with 60s and 70s arts, and a fondness for using unconventional materials.
“I am very impressed by the creative power of Paco Rabanne, a House that from the very start strips out all conventions, using, among other things, an assemblage of unexpected materials,” she said. “A creative approach based on both technology and craftsmanship, resulting in a fashion that is instinctive and playful. This is the ongoing creative spirit that I wish to convey in my work for the House.”
Maurer will be showing her first collection for Spring/Summer 2013 in Paris this upcoming October. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see what she’s made of.