It's a very good moment for Christian Lacroix, now
that graphic colors, feminine dressing and '80s
references are a constant on the catwalks. The
designer seized the moment and delivered one of his
strongest, most consistent collections in seasons.
Lacroix played up his masterful use of color with sexy patchwork strapless numbers and "painting-print" dresses with beaded insets, dangling chains and straps, and embroidered patches. Punky layered chiffons and muslins, ruffled, feathered and pleated, proved that Lacroix can move way beyond his signature pouf (he very cleverly avoided them altogether). For those who can't live without basic black, there were tight trousers with corkscrew tunics, deconstructed coat-dresses, and a sensational gold-chain embroidered black jacket that Malgosia wore. Lacroix also provided some of the best belts of the season: thick, eye-popping works of art with leather insets, chunky hardware and grommets.