Today Paris saw comebacks from two major fashion institutions: Schiaparelli and Christian Lacroix. The former, which was helmed by the late Elsa Schiaparelli until it closed in 1954, has just returned to the haute couture runway courtesy of 18 designs by Christian Lacroix, who showed his last eponymous collection about four years ago. The revamping of Schiaparelli was possible when Tod’s CEO Diego Della Valle purchased the brand in 2006. Then in 2012, he announced that he will hire a new creative director. While there have been rumors and speculation (with Marco Zanini of Rochas as a frontrunner), no name has been officially announced, and Lacroix’s participation in this morning’s presentation at Musée Arts Decoratifs was only for this season.
That said, Lacroix is a perfect match for Schiaparelli, a label known for risqué, colorful creations with surrealistic influences. Lacroix, too, is famed for vivid, bold looks, and since leaving his line, he has taken on gigs designing costumes for operas and ballets. While the new threads are not available for purchase, but rather just for show to pay homage to Schiaparelli, you can still feast your eyes on the outstanding fashion.