Lydia Maurer departs Paco Rabanne

Artistic director out after one year

Paco Rabanne’s artistic director, Lydia Maurer, is departing the label after just a year at the helm.

In a statement, the House of Paco Rabanne said: ‘Lydia Maurer brought a new spirit of femininity and modernity to Paco Rabanne ready-to-wear. Her work on the s/s 2013 and a/w 2013 shows contributed to raising the profile of the House on the international fashion stage.’

It went on to thank her for her ‘contribution’ and wish her future success.

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Having cut her teeth at Yves Saint Laurent, Rue du Mail and Givenchy, the 30-year-old German designer was named as Rabanne’s first lady in June 2012 – successor to London designer Manish Arora – and said at the time that it was a ‘great honour’ to be ‘taking on the artistic direction of such an emblematic house at the heart of Parisian creation’.

Her a/w 2013 collection saw Mod staples such as tunics, mini skirts and shift dresses given a fresh, space-age twist.

It is not yet known where Maurer is headed, and Paco Rabanne is yet to announce a new designer in the role.

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