Two gorgeous red silk dresses appeared at the end, evoking the spirit of the house DNA.
Founder Valentino Garavani, 80, was seated in the front row and applauded thunderously when the show ended.
Lydia Maurer put a spin on the house archives in her debut collection for Paco Rabanne that included myriad variations on the ‘60s Do-It-Yourself discs of the Rhodoid dress.
The starting point of the show was Jean Clemmer and Paco Rabanne’s controversial 1960s photo collaboration called ‘‘Canned Candies,’’ which resurfaced two years ago: Images of naked women in bold armorlike jewelry.
Maurer’s show thus had a vibe of the sexual revolution with provocative dresses that bared much flesh — all held together with Rabanne’s signature ‘‘69’’ disc.
It evoked the essence of the founder, who first cut his teeth in jewelry design.
One gold fringed number made a bold gladiator-like statement, marching past to the sound of rustling metal.
But some of the tailored ensembles let the collection down.
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