Christian Lacroix kicks off the revival of the House of Schiaparelli with a Haute Couture collection for the Fall Winter 2013 – 2014 season. Every season the House of Schiaparelli will be inviting a different artist to create a Haute Couture collection. These collections aren’t for sale and purely for the love of Couture (and great advertising to boot).
There are a couple of videos out that show the collection and interviews with the designer and Schiaparelli spokespeople.
The video below is an interview with Christian Lacroix with Suzy Menkes.
I think my favourite part of the collection is the hats.
I found a video on elle.fr about the Jean Paul Gaultier project. It’s in french but you get a good look at the rooms. The apartment was also decorated by Maison MartinMargiela in 2009 and Christian Lacroix in 2008. I’ve also dug up video from elle.fr about those individual projects too. Since they all autoplay I’ve included them under the cut.
The Christian Lacroix show felt like a funeral to me. It was very dark with a lot of black instead of his usual explosion of colour. I imagine darkness was unavoidable for what could be the last Christian Lacroix Haute Couture collection. Hell, it could be the last Christian Lacroix collection ever.
Haute Couture was touch and go, many were worried that it wouldn’t happen. However, the most amazing thing happened. All of Lacroix’s friends, suppliers and employees donated their time and materials. The collection was done for free. What an amazing tribute. Check out this video which talks more about how the collection came about.
I admit that Lacroix has never been one of my favourite couturiers but his mastery of the medium is undeniable. I hope he doesn’t leave the stage just yet as it would be a huge disservice to the whole industry. That knowledge needs to be passed on. Christian Lacroix Forever!
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I rarely post a full collection but Christian Lacroix was spectacular. He’s turned me around and I’m now a fan. He’s toned down his wild look and taken the core elements for this Pre-Fall 2009 collection. I’m in love with it all.