The merry-go-round spins again over at Paco Rabanne. The label has named its third creative director in as many years, French designer Julien Dossena, WWD is reporting.
Like his predecessor Lydia Maurer, Dossena is young (he’s 30) and, frankly, very hot. Someone in Paco Rabanne’s HR department likes a pretty face (kidding!).
Besides being nice to look at, Dossena’s got his fair share of design accolades. He graduated from La Cambre in Brussels and went on to win the 1.2.3 prize at the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères in 2006. Shortly afterwards he was hired as senior designer at Balenciaga, where he worked from 2008 to 2012. According to WWD, Dossena worked closely with Nicolas Ghesquière–so perhaps we’ll be able to see his influence in Dossena’s designs for Paco Rabanne.
After leaving Balenciaga, Dossena joined Paco Rabanne in 2013, where he worked with Mauer to design the fall 2013 collection shown in March. During that time Dossena also founded his own line, Atto with his design partners Lion Blau and Florent Buonomano.
After Mauer left Paco Rabanne in May 2013, the label didn’t waste any time putting Dossena to work. According to the trade, the newly-appointed CD will debut his first collection in just two months, on September 26 during Paris fashion week.
Before Mauer, the label had hired Manish Arora in February 2011 to help kickoff the brand’s fashion revival. Arora parted ways with the brand in May 2012. Let’s hope Dossena lasts a little longer than his predecessors.