08 July 2009

Was it Lacroix’s last couture show?

Was it Lacroix’s last Couture show?

This season's couture shows have unfortunately been clouded with sadness, with rumours that it might have been Christian Lacroix's last show. Last month it was revealed that Lacroix had filed for voluntary bankruptcy, but they were hoping to find a buyer to save the company. Yesterday in Paris, Lacroix held a show for only 120 guests – even those with tickets were turned away when they reached capacity, as apparently some tax surcharge had to be paid to the city and, since jobs are at stake at the ailing house, that was not going to happen. The collection was smaller than normal and considerably darker – lots of black, white and navy – and budgets were reigned in. Not that that hindered the final collection, as friends of the label worked for free (according to one newspaper report, only the models were paid). As the show drew to an end, the audience gave Christian Lacroix a standing ovation and PRs unrolled a ‘Lacroix Forever' banner. There was barely a dry eye in the house. Many fans of the label Twittered all afternoon after the show about everything from the beauty of the collection, to rumours of buyers (even Parisian hotel managers were talking about it), but as yet nothing has been confirmed.

Was it Lacroix’s last Couture show? Was it Lacroix’s last Couture show? Was it Lacroix’s last Couture show?


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