Julien Dossena‘s autumn-winter 2023 collection for Paco Rabanne was an homage to the late founder of the brand, who passed away this February. In his most convincing offerings for the house, Dossena revisited Rabanne’s design heritage through a contemporary, not overly literal lens. This collection, however, felt more like a straightforward tribute which ranged from Paco Rabanne’s famous space-age era to less-known surreal phase (echoed in Salvador Dali paintings used as prints for the eveningwear; the surrealist was Paco’s friend). There was of course plenty of chain-mail, used in mini-dresses that looked exactly like the ones the brand’s founder did in the 1960s. According to videos from the show that flood social media, all the metallic looks gave comforting, ASMR-sound effect. Indeed, Dossena’s voice felt exceptionally silent in this collection due to its nature. Let’s treat it more like a run-through Rabanne’s legacy, fit for the label’s client in 2023.
Collage by Edward Kanarecki.
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