I was heartened this morning by the (as yet unconfirmed news) news that Christian Lacroix is to design a one off couture collection for the resurrected House of Schiaparelli. I am a huge fan of Lacroix and was saddened when he went in administration. Ab Fab did him no favours, although of course there were MUCH bigger issues ie that the label never made a profit. Lacroix financed his last couture show – A/W2009 – himself. At the time he said “I didn’t want to cry…I want to continue, maybe in a different way, with a small atelier. What I really care about is the women who do this work”
Lacroix’s label was loud and proud with a penchant for mixing prints and textures to riotous effect. What raised him up was his exquisite craftsmanship (and that of the people he employed) and impeccable eye. His creations in the hands of a less skilled designer would have been way too much, but Lacroix created such beautiful pieces. Often weird yes, in your face yes, but beautiful. You only have to look at the below vintage Christian Lacroix Bazar skirt to see that
So, I say good for Lacroix and lets hope this is the start of more from this master.
I have to confess to a growing love of Lacroix. This from a girl who loves black and loves the structure of Comme Des Garcons, Yohji and Osman is big news. When Lacroix’s company went bankrupt in 2009, the loss of to Paris’s haute couture scene was described as “immeasurable” and there is no doubt that the original ‘King of Excess’ has been much missed. This stunning skirt from his Bazar range is the perfect Friday pick me up – with its eye popping colours and mix of textures and prints, sheer and opaque it is pure Lacroix but the simple cut and elongating length makes it utterly wearable.