It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paco Rabanne, the Spanish fashion designer who made a significant impact on the fashion world.
Born in 1934 in Spain, Rabanne was known for his avant-garde designs and unconventional use of materials in his work. He passed away at the age of 87 on [Insert Date].
Rabanne began his fashion career in Paris in the 1960s and quickly made a name for himself with his unique, futuristic designs. He was a frequent participant in London Fashion Week and was known for his bold and innovative collections showcased at the event. He used the platform to showcase his latest collections and introduce his designs to a wider audience.
In addition to his participation in London Fashion Week, Rabanne was also involved in several other high-profile fashion events in the UK, including the British Fashion Awards and the London Fashion Awards. These events provided the designer with the opportunity to interact with other fashion industry leaders and to showcase his work to a wider audience.
Rabanne's designs were often ahead of their time and his use of unconventional materials helped to establish him as a visionary in the fashion world. He received numerous accolades for his work, including several awards from the fashion industry, and was widely regarded as one of the most influential designers of his generation.
Rabanne's legacy will continue to inspire future generations of fashion designers and his impact on the fashion world will not be forgotten. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and the fashion community.
A private memorial service will be held in his honour, and the family asks for privacy during this difficult time. The fashion world has lost a true icon, and Paco Rabanne will always be remembered as a pioneering and visionary designer, whose involvement with London Fashion Week was an important part of his legacy.
Rabanne also accurately foreshadowed the role of the internet in retail and marketing, and was one of the first designers to launch a fragrance online in the mid-1990s. Using the now defunct e-commerce site CyberShop, the Rabanne scent XS Pour Elle made its debut online months before hitting department store shelves—a pioneering move at the time. Rabanne took the promotion a step further and participated himself in a live chat session on the site.
Fast-forward to today, and the Paco Rabanne fragrance business, best known for its male scent franchise, ranked third globally in 2021. It has three masculine pillars – One Million, Invictus and, most recently, Phantom, with a robot-shaped, connected bottle.
In July 2022, Paco Rabanne launched Fame, the women’s fragrance fronted by Elle Fanning, which is meant to channel Hollywood glamour with a Parisian twist and catapult the brand into the women’s fragrance stratosphere. Fame’s bottle is robot-shaped, as well, but dressed in Rabanne’s iconic chain-mail dress and boots echoing those designed by creative director Dossena in real life.