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“The lady of the longer term might be efficacious, seductive, and with out contest, superior to males. It’s for this lady that I conceive my designs.” These are the phrases of Paco Rabanne, one of many revolutionary mid-’60s space-age designers of Paris, founding father of the home now occupied by Julien Dossena. Rabanne’s quote is nicely value honoring in gentle of this week’s U.S. presidential election. Projecting right into a then-inconceivable 21st century—absolutely then thought laughably outrageous in conservative quarters—he was working in opposition to the societal backdrop of youthquake and scholar unrest in Paris. Effectively, how encouraging is it to learn these far-seeing phrases right this moment? Futures imagined by artists, writers, filmmakers, and designers prior to now virtually at all times end up to have a retrospective tinge of absurdity about them, however Rabanne’s hopes for ladies don’t, do they? We would really feel ourselves to be in a large number now, beset by reversals and disappointments, however nonetheless, Dossena is designing for 21st-century ladies raised on the idea of sexual equality and who at the moment are dwelling (furiously, sure) so many features of that liberation.
Dossena has emerged as a worthy torchbearer of Rabanne’s rules (Monsieur Rabanne is 82 and lives in retirement—salutations to him). Talking the language of futurism in garments comes naturally to Dossena, inflected as his work is with a practical sense of streetwear. His use of silver metallics in denims and chunky-soled loafers, and his mod white A-line minidresses, ripstop nylon jumpsuits, bombers, and observe pants might need a barely spaceship accent to them, however his knack is that nothing will get so costumey as to be unwearable. Ditto the stylish, spongy black tailoring—un peu Air France flight attendant uniform within the uneven belted kilt and formfitting T-shirt in a single sense, super-enviable trendy Parisian type in one other.
In any other case, Dossena honors Rabanne’s heritage of chain hyperlinks and chain mail in purses—a cult, once more—however is including to it with things like squashy black nylon luggage good for toting laptops and tablets. That’s a future, now a actuality, which Paco Rabanne and his fellow space-age designers by no means imagined within the ’60s. However flawed as the current actuality could also be, it’s uplifting to consider the huge distance traveled between these feminist instances and the place we’re marching to now.