Spanish designer Paco Rabanne first startled the fashion world back in the 1960's with his use of plastic sequins and discs ..
GV & CU EXTERIOR Rabanne salon in Paris
SV ZOOM IN TO CU PAN Paco Rabanne watches model show evening dress "Plusque Court"
CU PAN Halter neck, open-work bodice of above dress
CU Paco Rabanne watching
CU Strapless mini evening dress in rubber
SV & CU African-style evening dress made of cotton fringing held together with horizontal bands of pearl (2 shots)
7CU Strapless multi-coloured chiffon evening dress.
CU ZOOM OUT Gold rubber strapless full-length tube evening dress with flared hem
CU ZOOM OUT Multi-coloured chiffon 'handkerchief' dress with beaded top
CU Mini evening dress in metal encrusted with beads and with gold chain waistband
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Background: Spanish designer Paco Rabanne first startled the fashion world back in the 1960's with his use of plastic sequins and discs .. which became a recognisable trend that found its way into every high street in Europe.
Rabanne's influence was colossal for about three seasons, but in recent years he has been out of the limelight - apparently unable or unwilling to repeat his innovatory success.
But on Monday (19 January) Paco Rabanne showed his spring and summer collection for 1976 in Paris with something of his earlier style and imagination.
For certain he has buried the plastic gimmick for good and all. Instead he used rubber as a dress material .. and gold chain, beaded trellis-work and gilded aluminium for some of his more extreme creations. All of his dresses are unashamedly sexy.
Most, however, are on the outer fringes of fashion consciousness .. drawing inspiration from the boned strapless bodices of the fifties and the great innovation of the sixties .. the ubiquitous mini-skirt.
But Rabanne also shows that he can cater for softer tastes with some elegant evening dresses in multi-coloured chiffon decorated with fine beadwork.
It remains to be seen whether this more sophisticated, but equally daring collection has the same impact as his plastic-fantastic revolution of yesterday.
SYNOPSIS:Despite competition from Rome, New York and London, Paris still retain its status as the home-city of high fashion .. and one of its more daring exponents is the Spanish designer Paco Rabanne. He showed his spring and summer collection for 1976 on Tuesday .. with a return to the style and imagination that made him famous in the 1960's.
Rabanne's influence was colossal for three seasons -- he took the plastic sequin look into every high street in Europe -- but recently he has been out of the limelight. However, with this collection fashion pundits are predicting that he might be set for a come-back.
This dress combines a fifties bodice with a sixties skirt and seventies material -- rubber.
Inspiration from Africa -- this exotic evening creation is designed for movement and would certainly be an eye-catcher in any discotheque. It is made of orange cotton fringing inter-laced with strings of coloured beading.
But Paco Rabanne also shows that he can cater for softer tastes with this elegant strapless dress in multi-coloured silk chiffon. It is made from only one piece of fabric, with the hem caught up to form the sleeves.
This creation is unlikely to find its way into your local shop .. in fact it wold probably look better on a film set. It's the influence that counts .. and from this one would imagine that the designer hopes for a return to an overtly sensuous look. The material is gold rubber alternating with panels of gathered yellow cloth. In contrast, one of Rabanne's more wearable styles. Another multi-coloured silk chiffon confection, with floating panels in the 'handkerchief dress' tradition. The bodice is made of glass beads, coloured to match the fabric.
Another gimmicky Rabanne concoction -- which resembles a shoulder-to-thigh piece of jewellery rather than a dress .. it remains to be seen whether this collection has the same impact as his plastic-fantastic revolution of yesterday.