French fashion house Paco Rabanne announced today that their artistic directer, Manish Arora, is leaving after just two seasons. Both parties say Arora’s departure was a mutual decision. In a statement released to WWD, Rabanne credited Arora for bringing the label back into the spotlight after it had languished for several years; his designs drew mostly positive reviews and got lots of press when they were worn by Lady Gaga at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards. (Sidenote: J.Lo wore a spring 2012 Paco Rabanne top on American Idol last night.) Arora has an eponymous collection that he’ll continue working on. There’s no word on his replacement at Rabanne.
Lady Gaga in Paco Rabanne.