For Spring 2002, Christian Lacroix incorporated Art Nouveau references into his opulent, romantic style.

Silk blouses were piped in leather and embroidered with graphic tulle swirls; mottled, metallic-tinted leather jackets came with corset closures and cutouts. Lacroix's dresses—always elaborate experiments in color and patching—were asymmetrically cut and often distressed, sometimes extremely so. There were several beautiful, billowy embroidered blouses, one paired with pegged tomato crepe jogging trousers. A simple trenchcoat became paparazzi-worthy when executed in embroidered red organza.

Eveningwear is Lacroix's forte, and this season his standouts are taffeta blouses with frilled and pleated necklines, jackets with knotted sleeves, and printed chiffon tunics, all embellished with a peacock motif.