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.