Vogue Paris is reporting that as of today, May 4, Manish Arora is no longer the Creative Director of Paco Rabanne. The Indian designer had taken on the role of Creative Director just last year, restarting the design that had ceased when Paco Rabanne himself left the label in 1999. A press release by the couture house stated that the end of the year-long partnership came about through mutual agreement. They have yet to announce a successor.
Psylocke shared her surprise and confusion about the news: “Wow, even a model's career is more long lasting than that of a designer these days. Another unexpected move, his collections for Paco Rabanne got so much praise!”
“The problem nowadays is that creative directors only get one-year contracts,” thejarc posted. “I think that a constant change of the creative director is seriously damaging for the brand image (see Ungaro). I don’t know the numbers behind Manish but he turned the house from a cheesy perfume brand into something vaguely relevant (though after [two] collections it’s rather hard to tell; [Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy’s] beginning was a bit slow as well and look where they are now, financially speaking).”
Manish Arora still maintains his eponymous label, so thankfully he won’t be disappearing from the fashion scene altogether. But still, this continuous game of designer musical chairs is discouraging.