2009 March 9
Christian Lacroix - Paris Fall 2009
(PARIS) It's not fair to compare couture efforts to ready-to-wear, but in the case of Christian Lacroix, the two are usually inseparable. The spirit, sheer opulence, and glorious accessories of the two collections are usually mutual--at least, until this season. Lacroix moved to a smaller venue to deal with harsh times, but there was a certain magical spark missing in his ready-to-wear collection. The usually impressive accessories were still present, but the lace dresses seemed more muted and timid. And there seemed to be a bit of a disconnect between the noir and the watercolor prints. On the far stronger side, the skirts were flowing and beautiful, and the jackets looked regal and attractive.