Christian Lacroix’s Spring/Summer 2009 couture show, with its abundance of florals, bows, polka dots, jumbled prints – was nothing if not quintessentially Lacroix.

That said, there were some tame looks, especially when it came to daywear, providing a nice balance to the otherwise opulent collection. Many of the gowns — overflowing with balloons of lush, decadent fabrics — were complemented by heavy, ornate accessories and austere pulled back hair.

The designer seemed to have been inspired by traditional Spanish garments (think matador style) as well as a few military references for many of the dresses and day looks. 

Of note was a black look accented with bold gold detailing, red accents, and topped-off by over-sized hoop earrings and a braid-bun that laid like a crown on top of the model’s head. The gowns took on a decidedly more feminine touch with rainbow colored designs, silk rose detailing, and a nice dose of gold lame.

Stockings played a key role in complementing the ornate looks. The majority were opaque with white detailing — a touch that the mainstream fashion set is likely to pick-up on and adopt.

Also fittingly given the abundance of one shoulder gowns we saw at the SAG Awards and after Michelle Obama’s one shoulder Jason Wu inauguration ball number, one of the stand-outs of the collection was a one shoulder bustier number elaborately embroidered and paired with a pink taffeta skirt.


A further sign that both one shoulder garments and stocking are trends likely to stay mainstream fashion trends through next season.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.