After nearly a three-year hiatus from designing couture, Christian Lacroix is ready for his comeback!
The French designer been chosen to pay homage to late Italian couturier Elsa Schiaparelli with a 15-piece collection to be presented in June in Paris.
The appointment comes seven years after Italian fashion mogul Diego Delle Valle purchased the Schiaparelli trademarks and archives and a year since he announced a relaunch of the house during the Schiaparelli-and-Prada-themed Met Gala in 2012.
Speaking of the late designer, Lacroix said:
"In this persona incarnating a true aristocrat, one finds a spirit where mathematics and literature as well as poetry coexist: Elsa is a sacred sphinge who never ceases to interrogate us while offering us new enigmas as answers. Art, theater and cinema … my wish is to reposition Elsa at the center of her maison and on the stage from which she once seduced the world."
"Sphinge" means sphinx, BTW. Saved you a trip to Google!
Lacroix won't be the only one given the opportunity to reinterpret Schiaparelli's designs. After his collection, "a long series of different artist contributions [will take] place in succession at the Schiaparelli Maison."
Eventually, the house will have a single artistic director who will design regular collections.
We love a good fashion house revival, don't you? Bring on the shoe hats!
[Image via WENN.]
Tags: christian lacroix, diego delle valle, elsa schiaparelli, met gala 2012