Julien Dossena moves up at Paco Rabanne

New creative director of womenswear

Julien Dossena is moving up to fill the creative director of womenswear vacancy at Paco Rabanne.

The 30-year-old joined the studio in early 2013 from Balenciaga, where he worked closely with Nicholas Ghesquière for four years. He is already aligned with the Paco DNA, having helped design its autumn/winter 2013 collection under the direction of former creative lead Lydia Maurer.

‘We are delighted to welcome Julien Dossena. His radical and innovative interpretation of the Paco Rabanne style will allow us to firmly establish our collections in the world of the most avant-garde and desirable brands on the market,’ said the house.

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Dossena is the third designer – after Maurer and, before her, Manish Arora – to take up the mantel since luxury conglomerate Puig revived the dormant Paco Pabanne womenswear business in 2011.

He notes, ‘I have always been fascinated by the forward-thinking attitude and innovative approach distinct to Paco Rabanne. It’s now a great honor to be appointed its creative director.’

His first collection, for spring/summer 2014, will be unveiled during the Paris shows in September. And ELLE, for one, is expecting big things. Senior fashion editor Natalie Wansbrough-Jones is a fan of Dossena’s own line, Atto – a collaboration with fellow creatives Lion Blau and Florent Buonomano – which debuts for autumn/winter 2014.

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