Unveiled last week at A/W Couture Fashion Week in Paris Christian Lacroix’s homage to Elsa Schiaparelli but unlike other couture shown this collection is not for sale but was shown at Arts Decoratifs Museum in a one off 18 piece capsule collection. Ever since Schiaparelli was bought out last year this is the first collection to be seen from the house by guest designer Lacroix it has been said that in early 2014 that is when the first in house designer collection will be launched both haute couture and ready to wear collections but the designer is still not named publically yet.
Christian Lacroix collection played on some of Schiaparelli’s signature traits such as harem trousers, oversized bows and ruffled shirts – the collection is a whimsical, fantasy exploration in honour of Schiaparelli’s theatrical aesthetic. Some of my favourite looks shown were the green dress it looks so luxurious and the way it gathers at the front and falls reminds me of a chandelier casting off speckles of glittering light. I also love the pink and black striped dress, if there ever was a party in a dress then this is it - mix of fantasy and funfair combined.
The whole collection is a juxtaposition of fantasy, theatre and opulence – a rare insight into designs created just for aesthetic pleasure and not with desired customer in mind. I cannot wait to see what next comes out of the Schiaparelli house – the inspiration from Schiaparelli is surely never ending.
All images from www.elleuk.com