"This is about an eccentric traveler who dares to mix souvenirs from a multitude of disparate destinations," announced the program at Christian Lacroix. Eccentrics of the world, take note: For as long as Monsieur Lacroix is alive, there will be an alternative to
monochromatic power dressing.
Zipping around the globe, mixing and matching the styles of not just different decades but different centuries, Lacroix showed an off-kilter collection featuring tapestry vests, cropped blousons, oriental embroideries and a red crocodile topall bearing a self-consciously exaggerated air of grandeur. Some of the more down-to-earth looks included a short crepe de chine dress with chocolate, ochre and sea-urchin-pink rays that converged at the waist, and a yellow asymmetric dress with a black leather flounce on the hip. Those who rely on accessories to appease their maximalist desires should go for the diamanté-covered, Aladdin's-lamp-shaped evening bags.
If it all sounds a bit frivolous, don't even think of raising the issue with his fans, who consider him the patron saint of luxurious excess: When the designer stepped out to take his bow, he was showered with an avalanche of red carnations.