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Christian Lacroix

I hope you’re ready for a picture filled post, because the wonderful French fashion designer Christian Lacroix (1951 – may he live forever) has just so many pretty clothes that I’m having a hard time not posting every photo I can possible find. Whoever said less is more obviously hasn’t met one of  Christian Lacroix’s collections.

Lacroix actually studied art history and wanted to become a museum curator. However, that dream didn’t come true (huzzah!), so instead a friend helped him get a job at Hermès (which reminds me: look for new friends).

The same friend also helped him launch his own couture house in 1987, and Lacroix has, since then, put out magnificent collections inspired by different cultures and decades.

Ah, colorful extravaganza – does it get better? I think not. However, some critics claim that Lacroix does not understand what kind of clothes the working woman needs. Stupid. Of course he does – how much more fun isn’t it to go to work all dressed up and feeling great? You can never be overdressed or overeducated darling, and to claim otherwise is just, well, it’s barbaric, is what it is.

Let’s steal from wikipedia again: “Lacroix soon made headlines with his opulent, fantasy creations, including the short puffball skirt (“le pouf”), rose prints, and low décolleté necklines. He quoted widely from other styles—from fashion history (the corset and the crinoline), from folklore, and from many parts of the world—and he mixed his quotations in a topsy-turvy manner. He favored the hot colors of the Mediterranean, region, a hodgepodge of patterns, and experimental fabrics, sometimes handwoven in local workshops.”

Seriously, I wish I could marry these clothes.

What’s actually completely incomprehensible to me, though, is that throughout the history of the Christian Lacroix couture house, it never turned profit, and his last haute couture showing, in 2009, Lacroix financed himself, paying the models 50 euros each. Crazy right?

However, this is a story with a happy ending. Not ending, happy turn. Or something like that. Because this very year, Lacroix is back in the game collaborating with a Spanish clothing brand called Desigual. I’ve never heard of that, but believe you me, I shall check it out!

Love, Hanna


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