January 22, 2001 Paris
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.