Paco Rabanne gold dress

A vintage metal Paco Rabanne chain mail dress. Photo: Matt Cardy, Getty Images

Paco Rabanne is taking baby steps toward a comeback.

The once iconic fashion label is relaunching today (Oct. 5) in Paris with the reintroduction of its signature metal chain mail, this time used for handbags.

The bags, grouped in a collection called the 1969 line, are created using the varied materials of stingray, horn, metal, colored and metallic leathers, and suede. The bags will range in price from $1,400 to $2,200.

Rabanne, the designer, was a longtime student of architecture, and as such, applied a building mentality to putting garments together. Working in metal became his signature and he made famous such metal "fabrics" as the squam, the pastille, rhodoid, and the eight, a stamped-metal bit that resembled the number.

The brand, owned by the Barcelona-based Puig Group, is now being designed by Comme des Garçons's Rei Kawakubo, who has reinterpreted the chain mail bags.

These bits will be available at London's Dover Street Market in January and at other select retailers starting in February. The brand, which was closed in 2006, will slowly reintroduce other classifications after handbags.

Speaking of metallics, check out Drew Barrymore and Mary J. Blige in the same Catherine Malandrino dress.