Lacroix is famous for his decadent and loud haute couture shows, and perhaps it his reluctance to offer greater affordability during the recession that has caused the arrival of hard times. Whereas some designers have tightened their belts, or sold out to middle-range department stores, Lacroix has ploughed relentlessly through the noughties with grandeur, prancing from semi-precious jewellery accessories to First Class flight nighties on Air France.
Lacroix himself, whose costume designs enjoyed a major exhibition in Singapore this year, will no doubt be absolutely fine. The media is full of these credit crunch bust stories, but I’m sure for the major labels it’s simply a paparazzi flash in the pan. Lacroix has been a big player in high-end fashion for over 30 years now, ever since his first major position at Hermés in ’78. He studied History of Art at the University of Montpellier (my favourite French city outside of Paris) as well as training at the Louvre. With a sound education, a remarkable track record and an impeccable eye for colour, surely Lacroix will rise again.
Releasing this story in the run-up to Christmas is no merry coincidence.
Above: Is haute couture a dying French tradition? And who is that page boy on the left? Ouch!
Below: At January's haute couture show, Ivana is the sort of client Lacroix wants to keep if he's to trump the recession.