How about this? Paco Rabanne is hosting a party for fashion week. Yes, Paco Rabanne. Did your eyebrows raise? Because mine sure did when I got the invite. I was a bit perplexed since I wasn't sure what they have been up to recently. Mostly I just think of men's cologne. The invitation's tiny insert was what made me think it might actually be a big deal. The party is going to be DJ'd by none other than Lady Bunny, one of my favorite fashion week partners in crime, but get this—VV Brown is also going to perform. The invite doesn't say at all what it's for, but we shall find out when we arrive and of course report back. —REBECCA SUHRAWARDI AUSTIN
Manish Arora Fall 2011: Getting Ready for Paco Rabanne
PARIS--Manish Arora was recently chosen as Paco Rabanne’s next head designer--and this made us look for hints of his new designs throughout namesake collection's catwalk. “When I designed this collection I didn’t know about Paco Rabanne," Manish told us minutes after the show, “but I think the timing is right. This collection is for a woman, not a girl. She is still having fun, but is more sophisticated.” Indeed, the designer known for his wild runways and colorful embroideries showed new signs of maturity. Sure, the catwalk kicked off with a magician who made a model appear in a box, but the silhouettes were body-conscious--like a teenage girl growing into adulthood and learning to dress for her figure.