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Christian Lacroix - new collections and collaborations
The Maison Christian Lacroix Couture’s style has been unique, exuberant, colorful and baroque since it was founded in 1987.
The Christian Lacroix brand expresses its energy and love of color with the Art de Vivre, Accessories and ready to wear Menswear collections created by Sacha Walckhoff, the brand’s Creative Director, and brought to life in collaboration with the most prestigious houses. Bringing together the excellence of Christian Lacroix with exceptionally-experienced collaborators, the studio demonstrates its full talent by creating varied and unexpected Art de Vivre collections.
CHRISTIAN LACROIX MAISON AND DESIGNERS GUILD SPRING/SUMMER 2017 COLLECTION “AU THÉÂTRE CE SOIR “
The new 2017 Christian Lacroix Maison collection, for Designers Guild, steals the show as it trips the boards of Château de Groussay’s lovely little private theatre.
From Molière’s “Bourgeois Gentilhomme” to Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Lacroix has had great fun reimagining the theatre sets of our childhood.
The lights go down…The curtain goes up…And voilà: Monsieur Jourdain’s Turkish drawing room complete with brightly colored fabrics, including “Frida Santa”, velvet with an oriental flavor, “Fétiche” and “Constantine”, two delicate mix and match ottomans, and “Talisman”, inspired by the opulent stained glass windows of Sainte Chapelle. Further on, “Mascarade” clothes both windows and walls in a Harlequin suit, while “Noailles”, partway between a French Indienne and a rich damask, luxuriates across the middle- class décor of a Feydeau farce. “Tumulte”, a fantasy of brightly colored, embroidered flowers, pays homage to the beauty of every romantic heroine.
Suddenly the stage is overrun with elves from the magic forest in the form of “Goya”, a Jacquard design featuring tropical palm trees and “Groussay”, combining box and bay in a cotton print. Backstage, the corridors of this imaginary theatre designed with unbridled inspiration are hung with “Rêveries”, a fabric inhabited by fantastic beasts. But, sadly, the evening’s heroes are already taking their bows, amidst a shower of flowers that hang from the rigging in the form of “Véranda”, a pretty printed calico.
This season, the iconic “Paseo” design is in the limelight once again with “Paseo Sunset”, a richly woven black velvet on a multicolored tie and dye background, and “Paseo Canetille”, a black embroidery on white linen. Last but not least, signature stripe “Cabanon” sports three new colors - Bleu Nuit, Caviar and Scarlet.
Maison Christian Lacroix has worked its magic yet again, skillfully leading us from stage set to real life, with a richly colored collection of beautiful materials that brings the opulent fantasy of the theatre into our own lives and makes us the actors of our own home decor!
CHRISTIAN LACROIX PARIS AND GALISON SPRING/SUMMER 2017 COLLECTION
Since 2010, Christian Lacroix Papier is available worldwide including in Le Bon Marché, Liberty, Harrods, Selfridges, Lane Crawford and Neiman Marcus, consisting of an extensive range of luxury notebooks, correspondence cards and new seasonal accessories that are always fun, innovative and surprising…
The House of Christian Lacroix Spring- Summer 2017 collection gives pride of place to enlightened eclecticism and exoticism. Each richly decorated notebook is an invitation for a voyage of discovery to enjoy different styles, eras and destinations.
From fascinating still lifes to an imaginary jungle, each different decor ensures we want to see what happens next.
The collection’s centerpiece is the big «Curiosités» notebook, which depicts a cabinet of curiosities, whose treasures we discover as we turn the pages, which, lacy or transparent, reveal a strange bestiary that resembles nothing so much as a secret garden. Far more than just a notebook, this is a whole new world!
We continue our journey onward until we reach a dream country whose landscape resembles a new take on Toile de Jouy: a black and white design broken up by just a few green leaves and the markings of a giraffe, delicately highlighted with touches of silver.
Meanwhile the iconic Paseo motif, in its Neon dip- dye version and, as always, embossed when used for stationery, is to be found embellishing both elegant correspondence cards offered in a matching box and a series of notebooks in delicately powder pink “Blush”.
Lastly, in “Mascarade”, available in three formats and three monochrome tints, the embossed Paseo design is hidden beneath a mosaic of colored diamonds, inspired by a certain well-known character of the Commedia dell’Arte. And “bleu Outremer” takes over as the perfect color to decorate our favorite notebook for the summer season.
CHRISTIAN LACROIX MAISON AND VISTA ALEGRE SPRING/SUMMER 2017 COLLECTION “RÊVERIES“
“This new 2017 Christian Lacroix Maison tableware collection, for Portuguese manufacturer Vista Alegre, goes by the delightfully light name of «Rêveries».
The Oriental style porcelain is covered with exuberant patterns, bestiaries and imaginary landscapes, inspired by the follies embellishing the gardens of the Château de Groussay. A delicate cutwork fruit bowl and a pair of richly ornate candlesticks complete the collection. Each piece has a blue lagoon halo and is outlined in platinum and gold, the signature of Christian Lacroix Maison.”
Sacha Walckhoff, Creative Director, House of Christian Lacroix
SACHA WALCKHOFF, CREATIVE DIRECTOR MAISON CHRISTIAN LACROIX
Sacha Walckhoff was born in France in 1962 and spent his childhood in Switzerland. After studying at the Barcelona Arts and Fashion Techniques School, he first worked in various ready-to-wear fashion houses - Jean Rémy Daumas, Dorothée Bis, and Michel Klein. In August 1992, Sacha Walckhoff met Christian Lacroix. This was to be the start of a long-lasting collaboration between them, Sacha Walckhoff initially acting as Manager of the various off-the-peg lines, and then as Studio Director in 1996. In the year 2000, Sacha Walckhoff started consulting for other brands such as Kenzo and Jean-Claude Jitrois in addition to Christian Lacroix. Two years later, Christian Lacroix asked him back full-time and he became the couturier’s right hand man.
In January 2010, with its founder leaving the House of Christian Lacroix, Sacha Walckhoff was appointed Creative Director. Since his nomination at the head of the artistic direction, keen on preserving the style and spirit of the house, he has designed men’s ready-to-wear collections and women’s accessory lines. He also initiated the creation of the Lifestyle department, now extremely dynamic thanks to its various collections of porcelain tableware, upholstery fabrics, wallpapers, luxury stationery and home accessories.
Simultaneously to the collections he designs for the House of Christian Lacroix, Sacha Walckhoff has now been dedicating some time to more personal creations since January 2014.
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