Paco Rabanne and its artistic director Manish Arora have split by way of a "mutual agreement," the Paris-based Spanish house has announced. Arora was hired in February 2011 and tasked with ramping up and reviving Raco Rabanne's ready to wear line, which had been inoperative since 2006. But the Indian design maverick is departing after just two collections, the first of which was a sci-fi inspired medley that received mixed reviews from editors but was quickly scooped up by Lady Gaga for the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards in Ireland.
“We are most grateful to Manish for the work accomplished and the energy that he displayed all along this project," the company said in a statement. "The strong media impact of the past two seasons has enabled Paco Rabanne to partake with strength in the universe of contemporary fashion.”
Arora didn't disclose his reasons for the abrupt exit, but did sum up his time at the helm. “Revisiting the Paco Rabanne fashion was a very enriching experience and an exceptional artistic and human adventure," he said in the company release. "I am, today, happy to have accomplished the mission I was trusted with in order to cast this iconic brand back into the spotlight." Going forward, Arora will focus on the namesake brand he launched in 1997. There's no word yet on his replacement.
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