Paris 03/08/09. Photos by Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images.
>> INSIDER WIRE —During Spring 2009 couture last week, The New York Times Magazine traveled to each backstage with Ellen von Unwerth and a mini-studio, capturing "quick and dirty tableaux vivants" that will appear in the Sunday Magazine in weeks to come. Editor Alix Browne recounts her experience in the chaotic backstage world — watching the hairstylists at Christian Lacroix suspend the heavy earrings with ribbons worked into the hair; having Giorgio Armani drag their equipment, yelling “What is wrong with you people? Do I have to do everything myself around here?”; and hearing Myf Shepherd exclaim, "I'm not Olga, I'm Myf!" [The Moment]
Very pretty pastels dominated the Spring Couture runways this season. Notice how this light, chalky hue is ideal for showing off intricate details and gives off a whimsical feel. Christian Dior took the bold approach and dyed silk taffeta frocks in dusty blue and peach while Elie Saab played it demure with light green and purple. My fave? This yellow tinted one-shoulder Givenchy confection; it's the perfect amount of pastel. Click through to see more pretty pastel looks from Lacroix, Armani Prive, and more!
Opulent, whimsical, vivid — all adjectives you can count on Lacroix to bring. However, considering this is couture, the French great toned things down a tad. There's still plenty of pouf and crazy, but this collection felt tame. Or maybe I just prefer when Lacroix goes mad . . .
Influences were varied: Spanish luxe, retro prom, Parisian flourish, but it was unmistakably Lacroix. Some dresses resembled exotic bouquets of flowers, while others an English garden party. Meanwhile, separates were jumbled together to create a high-end hodgepodge — very inspiring. Stacked bangles and oversize earrings were noteworthy. Then there's the bride, in her white and gold decadent glory. As always with Lacroix, I'm smitten.
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My recent post on Christian Lacroix's Paris pad, which is up for sale, was a hit with you all. Of course, who could argue with its gorgeous Parisian architecture? It was also chock-full of original art and a hodge-podge of one-of-a-kind furnishings. But Lacroix is also the proud owner of two gorgeous and readily available chairs that certainly caught my eye. To see where you can snatch up the green and purple chairs shown here, read more
Have I ever mentioned Spring is my favorite fashion season? Hey — California girl here. It's prime time to sit back and start assembling your Spring wish list. Give your wallet a break. Get to the gym. Get ready because this Spring is brimming with Luxotica.
One of my anticipated trends of the season, designers took walkabouts on the wild side via mixed prints, sexy cuts, embellishments and embroidery, luxe materials, and punchy colors. Some standouts include Rebecca Taylor's highly femme hippie, Louis Vuitton's Parisian tribal parade, and Diane Von Furstenberg's "Rock Goddess" (I will always fawn over those head garlands). Where to begin? Rampant prints — see Emanuel Ungaro's insanely Fab gown — out-of-control jewelry, and lots of skin.
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Christian Lacroix Says Adieu to His Painfully Chic Paris Pad Christian Lacroix has put his 2,150-square-foot apartment on the market for nearly $2.6 million. Check out CasaSugar for more details and to see pictures from inside his home.
>> When Karl Lagerfeld bought a home in Vermont late last year, the acquisition was highly publicized; we got a peek at the house's innards in the new Chanel campaign. Another Parision designer just put his home on the market, but with decidedly less fanfare than Karl Lagerfeld. Christian Lacroix is selling his seventeeth-century apartment in fashion's favorite Parisian neighborhood, Le Marais, for $2.6 million — he has already relocated to another apartment in the same neighborhood. The listing gives us a look inside his inner sanctum, which is colorful and eclectic, just like his clothes.
I have died and gone to real estate heaven. Haute couturier Christian Lacroix has put his 2,150-square-foot apartment in the tragically hip and fashion-centric Marais district of Paris on the market for nearly $2.6 million. I couldn't help but snoop around for photos, and I almost wish I hadn't: the pad has the unrivaled style of a Carrie Bradshaw ensemble and is plush with original Parisian details such as gilded moldings and French doors opening onto petite balconies. It's also steps from the Picasso Museum and Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris. Apparently Monsieur Lacroix has already moved to another apartment in the 'hood; why he'd want to, I don't know. But, I'm sure Lacroix will carry his theatrical style — and fabulous furnishings — wherever he goes. Check out photos of la maison when you read more
We find the oversized black and white polka dot trend too fabulous for words--especially when it's skillfully layered with contrasting prints. Leave it to Christian Lacroix and House of Holland to do it best, after all, both love an over-the-top challenge. In case you're ready to start practicing, these Topshop examples are perfectly matched to those on Spring 09 runways.