Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hasta la Vista, Lacroix; Hot Spot: The Christian Lacroix Couture Show in Paris Was Typically Flamboyant with Flamenco-Style Dresses, Masses of Colour and Included the Most Romantic of Brides and a Dramatic Sculpted Gold Dress

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hasta la Vista, Lacroix; Hot Spot: The Christian Lacroix Couture Show in Paris Was Typically Flamboyant with Flamenco-Style Dresses, Masses of Colour and Included the Most Romantic of Brides and a Dramatic Sculpted Gold Dress

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Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL

CHRISTIAN LACROIX is the antithesis of those designers who are revered more for their accessories than their clothes.

So perhaps the teeny jewelled tote with a barbed wire handle was a dig at the current obsession with It bags. Or perhaps it was just deemed a winning accompaniment to the clothes.

While his ready-to-wear line can seem a little out of kilter with current trends, with couture, Lacroix is in his element.

For spring 2009, he sent out a typically exuberant collection, high on romance and as colourful as ever.

For day, short boleros in navy crepe were worn with loose, mannish trousers, the ensemble made feminine by a ruffled chiffon blouse.

This mix of masculine and feminine continued. Trousers were belted with a bow, tailored jackets came decorated with embroidered roses and vaunting skirts were sobered up by sombre waistcoats.

George Michael would have raised a glass to the Spanish version of Careless Whisper that accompanied the show, which propelled the audience back in time to their last sangria-charged holiday in Ibiza. …

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