The Paco Rabanne Resort 2017 collection, was inspired by the 1990s as Creative Director Julien Dossena looked to the more obscure reference of Mathieu Kassovitz’s cult Parisian movie, La Haine, a moody affair about disillusioned kids in the city’s suburbs.
Dossena has emerged as a worthy torchbearer of Rabanne’s principles. Speaking the language of futurism in clothes comes naturally to Dossena, inflected as his work is with a realistic sense of streetwear.
Echoing the moody sportswear of the film – all-white boiler suits, ruched, sweatpant-style waistbands and drawstring hoodies. This is Paco Rabanne, and so the house’s original codes remain at play – a sort of Space Age, 1960s, revitalised by Dossena’s very modern vision of womanhood.
His use of silver metallics in jeans and chunky-soled loafers, and his mod white A-line minidresses, ripstop nylon jumpsuits, bombers, and track pants might have a slightly spaceship accent to them. The collection features chic, spongy black tailoring in the asymmetric belted kilt and formfitting T-shirt in one sense, super-enviable modern Parisian style in another. Otherwise, Dossena honors Rabanne’s heritage of chain links and chain mail in handbags.