Designers: Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix F/W 09

Times must be rough when Christian Lacroix's collection for Fall 09 is presented in a garage usually reserved for your more down to earth Antwerp designers. Lacroix laughingly observed after the show, "maybe next season we'll be showing in my apartment down the street."

But the guilded chairs set up for guests still looked dashing against the stone grey walls, and shocking pink carpet covered up the bare stones in the improvised dressing room. All this to say that while the means may be reduced the elegant Parisian spirit of the house is alive and well.

The collection was pared down to basics: a soft box trench coat in navy cashmere, a knitted pea jacket over a printed twill skirt, or an elegantly draped navy chiffon dress decorated with jet ornaments. Colours were muted and more monochrome than the ususal Lacroix fare, and there were lace details in the evening wear with outstanding lace body suits. A sparkingly feminine collection with the right touch of sobriety in these uncertain times.

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Photographed by Alice Crosara
Posted by Madeleine Czigler

Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Spring Summer 2009

The always festive and colorful Christian Lacroix showed his Haute Couture Spring Summer 2009 collection this past Tuesday in Paris. Fashion File had backstage access before the show and joined in an impromptu photo shoot with some of the models and had the privilege of watching famous fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth at work. We got a detailed look at the floral tights and crazy accessories while the models had a little fun in front of the camera. On the runway the brilliant colors and the extravagant bridal couture left us craving more Lacroix.

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Posted and photographed by ALICE and ELIZABETH