Last June, we reported that Lydia Maurer, previously of Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, had been appointed as the new artistic director of Paco Rabanne. Now, just shy of a year later, the French fashion house has announced that they are parting ways with the young designer.
While the company has remained mum about the split, they released a statement via WWD, which said Maurer “brought a new spirit of femininity and modernity” and “contributed to raising the profile of the house on the international fashion stage.” That sounds amicable to us.
The designer shakeup might seem sudden, but considering that Maurer succeeded Indian designer Manish Arora, who only stayed with the brand for a two-season collaboration, we can only speculate that the label might be in the midst of some sort of identity crisis.
Whatever their next step is, we hope that Paco Rabanne holds onto its cool factor — and by that we mean our fingers are crossed for another campaign appearance by Iggy Pop.