The Paris couture season might be many things, but hurried isn't one of them. Designers spend weeks on single gowns; models sit in the same makeup chair backstage for hours; shows themselves stretch into the night or the morning. Because a couture piece is made by hand, it takes some labor time - at least, we thought it did until this weekend, when Texas socialite (and hardcore couture junkie) Becca Cason Thrash showed up at her Dallas party wearing a bejeweled swing jacket from Christian Lacroix's most recent show. Days lapsed between the Lacroix runway and the party? Twenty nine - less than a month! Fortunately, Mr. Lacroix didn't need to Supersize his freshly ordered outfit - Becca looks petite enough (and the jacket looks so boxy), she could steal the sample from the runway and wear it as her own. Wait a minute... also, Giles in Texas - what do you think?
Christian Lacroix Men's Spring 2012: The Past is Past
PARIS--Needless to remind you that Christian left Lacroix in 2009 due to financial difficulties, (which were mainly because of its costly couture line). Last season, the house relaunched, led by Sacha Walckhoff, the founder’s assistant of 17 years, who had heavily contributed to just about every department of the brand. Now working only through licenses, Lacroix launched a menswear collection last season that were miles away from Christian’s once theatrical designs: wearable, elegant, the former’s designer’s loudness appeared only in discreet touches, on linings and collars. Last night in Lacroix’s flagship boutique in Paris’ left bank, Sacha presented a full-blow runway show, but a humble one nevertheless. The interior, currently going through renovations, had bare walls and floors, and felt like a chic squat party. On the outside, a simple sign hung stating "Lacroix: work in progress."