Last month Paco Rabanne confirmed that Manish Arora had left his role as creative director of the revived brand and today announced the appointment of Lydia Maurer as his successor.
The news of Arora's departure was a surprise. Considering that he only served as artistic director for two seasons, the mutual decision to part ways seemed premature. Nonetheless, the critics response to Maurer's appointment has been good. Despite being only 29 years-old, she has a firm grounding having worked for brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy. The fact that she also headed the Paco Rabanne studio back in 2011 means that she understands the company and had worked under Arora during his time there.
Since I've accepted that the musical chairs in the industry will not end anytime soon, reports this morning about more changes doesn't come as a surprise.
The latest brand having a reshuffle is Paco Rabanne. This morning the French house confirmed that Manish Arora will leave his role as artistic director after only two seasons. Both parties have said that the decision was mutual but have not explained what promoted the change, nor has the house announced who his replacement will be.
As you will know, last year Lady Gaga started a column in V magazine and her latest installment, the singer has handed her writing role over to designers ranging from Karl Lagerfeld to Manish Arora to comment on her style and contribution to fashion.
'It is always stimulating to work with Lady Gaga because it allows my imagination to roam freely in order to create genuinely theatrical stage costumes, as was the case on this occasion,' Giorgio Armani wrote. 'Lady Gaga is an artist with a huge personality and amazing stage presence. I was attracted by her genuine interest in fashion and design, which she projects with a conviction that knows no limits — and which she definitely considers a vital ingredient of her career.'
In the sea of optimism this season translating on the colour and prints, it's easy to forget the dark and dreary cloud that stifled the shows as a result of the economic situation over the past few years. Manish Arora is amongst the few designers that stuck to their guns during this time so the colour and prints and innovative construction this season at the brand, is far from a surprise.
While the pieces were still avant garde - dresses came with what looked like armour harnesses and intricate weaving dominated the top of dresses - the collection felt more wearable than seasons past. Prints appeared on sheer blouses and lightweight trousers but were not as 'out there' as some of the styles we've seen this month. Drop waist dresses came multi-tiered at the bottom with a knitted affect at the top and the collection featured a handful of simple coloured jeans. But don't get me wrong, drama was still there, particularly on maxi dresses with serious ruffle details along the neckline and hem.
Rumours have been circulating about Manish Arora's movement to Paco Rabanne, and last week the brand finally confirmed his appointment as creative director.
We've still got a while to wait to see where the brand will go under his direction, as his first collection for the label will take place during Paris Fashion Week in October. If you're a fan of his namesake line, you'll be pleased to hear that he will continue the collection, which will also be shown in Paris. The changes all come in line with the brand's big relaunch, which started last month.
Last night saw everyone from Rihanna to Katy Perry to Miley Cyrus come out to perform at the 2010 American Music Awards. Cyrus definitely gets the award for the most dramatic entrance, turning up in a beautiful Marchesa mini dress with a long train. True to form, Nicki Minaj went avant-garde in a Manish Arora dress, and Rihanna opted for a chic but subdued draped Elie Saab creation.
You can always trust Indian designer Manish Arora to stick to his guns and not fall victim to following the crowd. Though his latest collection was full of eccentric prints and the bright colour palette that has quickly become the designer's signature - particularly on dresses and jackets that came in structured and cocoon styles - it was a lot more accessible and wearable than what we've seen from him in the past.
Dresses either came with cut-outs in black and blue or came in peplum-like styles, which were circular and voluminous starting from the waist. This season's cocoon shape appeared on interesting jackets in pink, blue and orange print. Structured shoulders appeared on jackets but thankfully moved away from the overdone '80s versions that we've been subjected to for the past couple of seasons.