Even though Christian Lacroix has been a licensing operation since the departure of the founding designer and the closing of the couture house in late 2009, the line is taking steps to move back into women’s wear—though they’re starting with the underpinnings.
Today the Paris-based firm debuted its first lingerie and beachwear lines in partnership with French lingerie house Lejaby.
“Since we no longer have women’s wear at Lacroix for the time being, I thought it was a nice wink of fate to start working on women’s wear again from the inside out,” said Lacroix creative director Sacha Walckhoff. “We are starting with intimates, and I hope that in the future we will be able to add the clothes on top.”
Walckhoff told WWD she was inspired by the house traditions for the lingerie collection, which consists of five lines inspired by Provençal themes, including bullfights and floral patterns. Priced from $260 to $360, the designs feature lingerie of black chantilly lace overlaid with pleated tulle.
For the beachwear, Walckohoff found inspiration in the French Riviera and its famed casinos. Priced from $215 to $360, the swimwear includes striped styles that can be mixed with corresponding items in matching block colors and feature jeweled clasps. “Gradually, we are rebuilding a lacroix universe through all these partnerships,” Walckhoff said.
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