Haute Couture Autumn winter 06 07

by Timothy Hagy
Photos by Marie-Béatrice Seillant

PARIS, July 6, 2006 - The crystalline winter world of Christian Lacroix haute couture is indeed a lovely place. Itís a place where a thin, elegant silhouette, at times invoking the early 20th century, at times wrapped in an ageless beauty, graced the catwalk late on Thursday afternoon.

As hand fans fluttered away in the …cole des Beaux Arts, Lacroix sent out a series of A-line coats, sculpted from layers of ruffles or woven from bands of fox and lace. Everywhere you looked - a black bodice glazed with jet embroidery worn atop a twirled silk skirt, a floppy licorice-colored dress dripping in tiers of glittering embroidery, a coat enveloped in ostrich plumes, a jacket dusted in silver, sleeves trimmed in fox - you couldnít help but notice the essence of beauty.

Of the series of magnificent evening pieces, the gossamer sky blue tulle over pearl gray satin dress with faille bustle, and the midnight blue jersey gown with duchess satin stole, floated light as air. Even though these dresses belonged to a wintertime collection, they seemed as delicate as icing on a cake. Thatís the spirit of couture, and Christian Lacroix knows it better than most.

Backstage after the show, Lacroix said there was maybe ďa little of the 20s in itĒ. The part that is clear is that the label has grown enormously since the 1980s when LVMH launched it. The current owners, the American Falic Group, must surely realize the quality of their gem.

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