The legendary house of Paco Rabanne looked to its archives for its Spring 2017 collection for Paris Fashion Week. However, the result was not literal but rather referential with looser interpretations of the their signature plastic discs worn in consort with more traditional garments that are the basis of the modern wardrobe. The design statement called the collection a “new translation of Paco Rabanne’s assemblage technique” that was meant to evoke packaging.
Silhouettes were a thoughtful combination of vintage & new with some futuristic concepts like workman’s jumpsuits that Hollywood seems to push ad infinitum as the garment that will define the future, set along side more traditional pieces like pleated kilt skirts cut short for a modern twist, as well as a range of vests, jackets, pants, dresses, & skirts in a variety of versions to create a plethora of combinations suitable for today’s woman.
The color story was predominantly white, set off with the occasional punch of Royal Blue or Fuchsia Pink to create interest & accent. The best pops of novelty, however, were the various uses of Silver which evoked a suggestion of the fashion house’s past disc dresses. The best of the Silver pieces was without a doubt the metallic Silver foil printed lace skirt that will likely be in every retail order. It truly was a standout piece that left an indelible mark on our mind.
-R. Scott French
Designer website: www.pacorabanne.com
Photos: Courtesy of Paco Rabanne