Julien Dossena has begun to carve out what Paco Rabanne will become under his designing hand, a little futuristic (suitable to heritage of the house), modern, athletic and sporty with an edge. His Resort 2016 offering from the house is all those things wrapped into a neat and tidy package full of impact. These are not exactly EASY to wear clothes and call for bodies that are toned to a high polish of perfection, but they are eye-catching and unique and offer something new to the fashion narrative, if not exactly different.
This brief exposition had a duality between Romantic and Severe that was a little edgy and a bit soft, The pieces communicated a certain toughness, i.e. Angular cuts and flashes of exposed skin, also with Leather and Laser-Cut mesh abound, the Rigour was more evinced. With trapeze shapes and fluid skirts and a certain Black Tank dress that fell away from the body, the softer side came through. It wasn't wholly successful, but it was exciting to see someone putting together things in a new way and when it did work, like the strappy Black Leather Zip jacket ensemble, it was quite the achievement. With more tweaking and refining, Dossena will catapult himself smack in the center of the conversation of what the future of fashion will look like, and that's not a bad place to be in!