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PARIS: CHRISTIAN LACROIX F/W 09

Like Elie Saab, Christian Lacroix’s ready to wear collections usually pale in comparison to the designer’s couture success. This season, however, the designer delivered with an utterly sumptuous and styled to perfection collection.  

The designer has a great sense for mixing fabrics and textures which gave the collection both a delicate and romantic feel and a more modern and masculine one as Lacroix pieced together some of his signature colors (namely gold lame, red, blue and green, and black lace weaved in like paneling in between a variety of fabrics). 


 
Of particular note were the printed bubble skirts, mini-dresses accented with bows, and a puff sleeve sandy sweater. Fur accents popped-up along with ribbons, belts, lace, gold chains, and ruffles. However, there were some notable, more toned-down draped tops and dresses to balance out and offer a quieter take on Parisian luxury to their more frilly counterparts.  

It’s a testament to Lacroix’s unique aesthetic that even when he presents a multitude of looks done-up in black, they never feel stark or goth, but rather they’re infused with a joie de vivre that make them wholly covetable whether they’re played-up with frills or are more focused on delicate draping.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.