Christian Lacroix can usually be trusted to whip up a kaleidoscopic
color-storm for his ready-to-wear collections, but for fall he held back and
delivered a muted collection full of black, bordeaux and bois de rose pink.
Judging from the German cabaret music on the soundtrack, the designer's
focus seems to have shifted from the sunny south to the faded decadence of
northern Europe. Always a romantic though, Lacroix cut a recurring
silhouette with a full skirt and a tiny jacketwhether a bolero or biker
styleon top. He showed his taste for complex textures, embellishment and
print in a slew of lace, devore velvet, ruching and patchwork, all done with
an antiqued, slightly distressed look.
The best moments of the collection were the delicate pinks, the pretty
sparkling tulle fairy dresses and the canvas arts-and-crafts painting and
embroidery on the outside of a fur-lined coat and jacket.