Homage to Lacroix

2 Sep

It’s Back to School this week so perfect timing for a lesson in what it is to be a true style icon.  An homage to the (absolutely) fabulous Christian Lacroix.

Remember the 80s?  If not, you’ll at least know what I mean by power suits, shoulder pads, pencil skirts, stilletos.  Think then to the fun 80s, the converse to the boardroom style… and into the disco.  Puff ball skirts, voluminous sleeves, gaudy embellishments.  You may not rate them now, but they were the thing in Coco’s and Ritzy’s nightclubs across towns and cities in the late eighties (I expect).  You can thank Mr Lacroix for this prestigious ‘movement’ in fashion history.

Moving on… Lacroix is of course most famous for his couture collections, which were internationally renowned throughout the late eighties, nineties and noughties.  His detailed embellishments and cross-cultural, cross-era, theatrical and operatic inspirations made for truly original and artistic shows.  As an unapologetic pop fan I’m especially impressed by Lacroix’s corset designed for Madonna’s 2004 Re-Invention Tour.  And she’s a lady who knows a good corset when she sees one.

Sadly all good things come to an end and having filed his label for bankruptcy in 2009 it was with compassion and humility that only a good heart possesses that at his final Couture show in Autumn/Winter 2009  Lacroix said “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”.

Thankfully there is no stopping Lacroix’s creativity and innovation.  In 2011 Lacroix designed the ballet costumes for the Paris Theatre’s La Source production and designed a capsule collection for the fantastically quirky Spanish label Desigual.  He currently has a range of beautiful home fabrics and wallpaper for one of my very favourite retailers, the Designers Guild.

So, what have we learned?  Move on from embarrassing past fashion faux pas, we’ve all made them, don’t be afraid to experiment, take inspiration from the arts and culture and most importantly make fashion fun.  Christian Lacriox – a designer and creator to inspire and celebrate for his artistry, style and resilience.  See a selection of our favourite looks in the slideshow below.

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For more Christian Lacroix, click here.


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