A year after joining Paco Rabanne as creative director for women’s wear, Julien Dossena is showing his first resort collection for the house. “We decided to launch it quite rapidly because it was an important prerequisite to develop the business, especially with department stores, which need a regular turnover on their racks,” said Dossena, who recently put his fledgling label Atto on hold to concentrate on Paco Rabanne.
Consisting of around 60 items, the lineup will retail for about a third less than the main line, with prices ranging from 270 euros, or $368 at current exchange, to around 2,500 euros, or $3,400. “When we arrived here, the business was based on evening dresses and exceptional items,” said Dossena. “Right away, I thought to myself that if we wanted Paco Rabanne to live on as a brand with a very modern and very young energy, we had to start by developing a classic day wardrobe.” So for resort, looks include a cropped peacoat and a short A-line skirt in thick jersey with contrasting red stitching, while activewear influences come through in stretch tops, nylon track pants and Windbreaker jackets, all with red piping details.
Dossena also dipped into swimwear with a couple bikinis layered under racer tank tops worn with cool baggy Bermuda shorts. And keeping with the Paco Rabanne heritage, signature metal mesh was reworked in ultralight aluminium for fluid wrapped tops and flouncy skirts inspired by lingerie.
Accessories consist of three shoe styles, including a flat sandal and Chelsea boots with a rectangular heel, and four handbags, of which three are new: a tote, bucket bag and mini clutch, all with the brand’s signature metal accents.