Although a Paris court recently accepted a plan to reduce couture house Christian Lacroix to a licensing operation, the designer continues to dress thousands. Last week, French railway operator SNCF said some 20,000 employees would sport new Lacroix-designed threads starting next month. The new uniforms are gray and purple and include blouses, skirts and jackets for women, and pants, jackets and striped shirts for men. No stranger to transportation, Lacroix has also designed the uniforms and train interiors for Tézo and TGV lines, as well as the flight personnel uniforms for Air France.
A Christian Lacroix spokeswoman declined comment Monday on reports that turnaround firm Bernard Krief Consultants plans to bid for the troubled couture house, which is in administration. Hailing Lacroix as part of France’s cultural heritage, Krief said it was the sole contender and would table its offer July 27. Lacroix’s owner, Florida’s Falic Group, plans to seek a buyer until the end of July, or activate a restructuring plan that could see the workforce cut to 12 from 124, effectively reducing the 22-year-old fashion house to a licensing operation. Recently, Krief was among bidders for bankrupt fast-fashion chain Morgan, and it bought the troubled textile firm DMC out of administration.
Gola is having a bash at the ubiquitous colab. The Great British sports brand has perhaps a real ACE of a colab in a sea of mediocrity, by colaborating with Christian Lacroix. Gola Trainers are a true British classic in every conceivable way. The brand is indelibly printed in the consciousness of every sports mad Brit on the planet and today this classic brand is set to shares its history, style and innovation with the rest of the globe â€” luckly old globe!
The Gola by Christian Lacroix collection for SS09 takes its inspiration from the designerâ€™s house pattern â€˜Torero Capeâ€™ and comprises two menâ€™s and two womenâ€™s styles. The luxurious designs offer a twist on classic sport footwear by incorporating elements and techniques signature to the French fashion house, such as rich leathers, intricate embroidery and embossing. The collection will be sold globally through selected stores in 20 countries as of January 2009.
Christian Lacroix commented: â€œIn a way, trainers are to the 21st century what shimmering ties and multicoloured vests were to the dandies of the 19th century – a distinctive sign, a personal signature. That is the perspective from which I prefer to view fashion, rather than that of uniformity. Given carte blanche by Gola, I took the opportunity, with much gratitude, to bring the modernity of a contemporary and popular brand together with the timeless baroque of an iconic design of our Couture House: the embroideries of a torero cape.â€