Not quite one full year after being promoted to creative director, Lydia Maurer is out at Paco Rabanne.
Maurer, who first joined the design team in November 2011, designed the spring 2013 and fall 2013 collections after being chosen to replace Manish Arora. Arora himself was only with the brand for two seasons before leaving–though that was apparently the plan. “I have…accomplished the mission I was trusted with in order to cast this iconic brand back into the spotlight,” Arora said upon leaving the company.
Paco Rabanne has released a statement saying that Maurer “brought a new spirit of femininity and modernity to Paco Rabanne ready-to-wear,” and that her work “contributed to raising the profile of the House on the international fashion stage.” No replacement has been named as of this moment.