It looks like Manish Arora is going back to the future as the new creative director of Paco Rabanne, the original space oddity. First landing on the scene in the sixties, the house quickly became known for its forward-looking experiments with form and materials, including plastics, metals and other synthetics—think wearable sputniks. Ever since, Rabanne’s mod visions have remained a constant source of inspiration; at Nicolas Ghesquière’s Balenciaga, hardly a space voyage goes by without a subtle homage to home base.
And after a few years in the outer orbits, the house has been inching its way back to the mainstream, partnering with Comme des Garçons earlier this year to re-release its iconic chain-link handbags. Which makes Indian-born, Paris-showing Arora, known for his sculptural creations and out-of-this-world presentations, seem best-suited to launch the iconic house into the new millennium. Look for take off at the spring 2012 collections in Paris.