Paco Rabanne

Philosophy

 

Paco Rabanne is a well known brand of womenswear.

 

 

The Spanish fashion designer was born in 1934 in San Sebastian, then he moved to Paris, where he graduated with honours in Architecture, perhaps driven by his mother, who at the time was one of the Balenciaga’s seamstresses.

 

 

Naturally maverick, Rabanne began his career in the jewellery design at Givenchy, Dior and Balenciaga; in 1966, he created his own label, using for the first time pliers instead of the common pin and thread.

 

 

Paco Rabanne uses new materials, such as metal, paper, plastic and aluminium, so that Mademoiselle Coco Chanel renames him "the metalworker of fashion."

 

 

In February 1966 he presents his first collection, full of unconventional clothes made of vinyl and plastic cards, worn by barefoot  black models.

 

 

All the 60’s celebrities wear Rabanne’s creations: the Crazy Horse dancers, Francoise Hardy, Jane Fonda in the “Barbarella” movie, Audrey Hepburn, consecrating him in the international fashion business.

 

 

Today, the futuristic Rabanne’s women turn into “femme lumiere”, sensual women who come from a not too distant future, wearing not only fabrics and leather but also glass and plastic, just like at the beginning of the label.

 

 

After the creative direction of Manish Arora, the French brand is now run by Lydia Maurer, the German-Colombian designer who has worked at Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent.

 

 

Lydia Maurer does not renege the traditional Rabanne’s style, creating sensual, feminine and avant-gard collections, combining both Latin and passionate features, whith the more basic and rational elements.

 

 

An androgynous woman, but at the same time very caliente, thanks to clear cuts, shimmering and dazzling touches of gold and silver.

 

 

The collections propose knee-length dresses, enlivened by a large colour palette. 

 

Designs become sensual with simple “V” neckline or hyper-modern rock details.

 

 

 

 

 

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Showrooms

Boutiques Paco Rabanne

Typology
Base Blu Donna
Base Blu Donna
Base Blu has been operating in the luxury fashion retail for over twenty years. With 1500 square meters of total sales area, the company owns three multi brand stores in old town of Varese: Base Blue Donna, Base Blu Uomo  and Blu. Base Blu Donna occupies the most pres [...]
Dell'Oglio - D'O Donna
Dell'Oglio - D'O Donna
D’O Donna is a refined boutique in the central Palermo, Piazza Castelnuovo, 41. The store, located inside a beautiful building, with large and bright windows, is entirely dedicated to the most prestigious womenswear brands such as Dsquared, Stella McCartney, Proenza Schouler, Givenchy.
Donne Concept Store Cagliari
Donne Concept Store Cagliari
  Donne Concept Store is a reference shopping destination for sophisticated women in Sardinia region born by serendipity and a love for 40s-50s allure, boasting two boutiques in Cagliari, one in Portocervo and another one inside Forte Village Resort, all characterised by a mix of&nbs [...]
Gaudenzi 11
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Gaudenzi 11 The Best Shops
Gaudenzi 11 at 11 Via Nievo in Riccione, was inaugurated  in the spring 2008. It is a large, modern and versatile  store, a stylish container  for prestigious total looks for women: Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti, Gucci, Dsquared2, Moncler, Saint Laurent and many more. Giovanna Gauden [...]
Gaudenzi Cattolica
Gaudenzi Cattolica
The Gaudenzi boutique at number 74 of Viale Bovio in Cattolica, as in the philosophy of the Group is a modern and sophisticated presenting the best collections of clothing for women: Dries Van Noten, Marni, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent and RED Valentino. The store also proposes prestigious accessories [...]
Grifo210
Grifo210
Since 1985 Grifo has been an important retail Group in Ischia, the popular Italian resort location. The founder Nicola Grifo opened this refined and elegant boutique in the central via Vittoria Colonna, proposing  some of the best collections of clothing and accessories for men and women. Tod [...]
Helme'
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Helme' is a well-known luxury concept store located in Catania, Largo dei Vespri.  The store has been for almost 50 years a must place for luxury shopping with a great selection the most prestigious designers and brands such as Prada, Lanvin, Oscar de la Renta, Ungaro, Miu Miu, Peter Pilo [...]
Lidia Shopping
Lidia Shopping
Lidia Shopping spreads over 2000 square meters proposing a new space of pure style, shop-in-shop corners, totally personalized which bring the customer to discover all the new collections and latest trends. The refined selection of apparel offers only the best, in order to satisfy demanding tastes, [...]
Luisa by Julian Fashion Donna
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Luisa by Julian Fashion Donna The Best Shops
Luisa Rimini offers luxury womenswear collections in a modern store in the central Rimini,Via Gambalunga 28. The Group has a forty-years tradition and it has always proposed the best Italian and international collections: Alexander Wang, Giambattista Valli, Valentino refined items and Burberry chic [...]
Modes Trapani
Modes Trapani
Stefaniamode is an exclusive retail destination in Trapani, Sicily region, for men and women with distinctive and dynamic style What started in 1971 as a small retailer in Trapani, soon expanded into six storefronts in the charming historic center and in the medieval small town of Erice, posit [...]