Outrageous and sometimes impractical designer Paco Rabanne came onto the scene with plastic jewelry in the early 60s, gained fame in the late sixties with "unwearable" and by dressing Jane Fonda for "Barbarella" and eventually retired in 1999.
But the brand may be given a second life: WWD reports that Indian designer Manish Arora has been hired as creative director of women's wear.
Arora is slated to show his first collection for the French brand, owned by Puig Beauty and Fashion Group, for the spring 2012 season during Paris Fashion Week this fall, in addition to his signature label.
And that's not all. Rabanne also intends to invite a rotating cast of collaborators for other fashion products under the Paco Lab banner, starting with British designer Judy Blame. In March, Blame will unveil a collection of jewelry and new versions of the brand's 1969 chain-mail bag, Rabanne's first new fashion volley since winding down the ready-to-wear business in 2006.
Given the history of the label, we can't wait to see what they come up with.