The name Christian Lacroix has long been synonymous with cutting-edge couture. The French designer’s childhood fascination with opulent historical fashions is reflected in the extravagantly jeweled creations he began showcasing in his Paris design house, launched in 1987. Hand-sewn details, riotous pattern mixes and modern interpretations of folkloric influences define Lacroix’s unforgettable wedding dresses, shoes, and other designs, which are always a step or two ahead of the crowd. (For example, Lacroix was first designer to unveil the pouf skirt, which has since made numerous returns to the runway.) In recent years Christian Lacroix has partnered with Avon to create fragrances like the popular Rouge perfume for women and Noir for men. In 2011, he collaborated with the Spanish clothing line Desigual — bringing joy to the many fashionistas who can't quite afford his pricier creations.
French designer Christian Lacroix held positions at Hermès, collaborated with the couturier of the Tokyo Imperial Court and designed for the House of Patou before launching his self-titled line with his now-famous “pouf” skirt in 1986. Famed for an opulent, glamorous and dramatic aesthetic, Christian Lacroix’s use of Renaissance-inspired silhouettes fashioned from velvet, satin and taffeta have made him a pioneer in the world of couture and ready-to-wear. Bold tastemakers from Mary-Kate Olsen to Natalie Portman have donned his creations on red carpets and his masterpieces are frequently featured in W and Vogue’s high fashion editorial spreads. Found in more than 1,000 stores worldwide, including his own boutiques, the artful and always groundbreaking collection of Christian Lacroix joins the ranks of Gilt this week.
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