Vivid, quirky and exotic, the designs certainly make heads turn with their bold styles and character. Coming from the House of Lacroix, that’s what is generally expected.

Presenting its latest Spring/Summer 2016 Art de Vivre Collection, Christian Lacroix Maison plays with colour contrast, pleasing florals, bold stripes and geometric patterns in its designs.

Themed Incroyables et Merveilleuses, or Incredible and Marvellous, the French house was inspired by the French Revolution, paying homage to the men and women who “dared to wear the colours of their styles and convictions”.

According to fashionencyclopedia.com, the “incroyables” and “merveilleuses” were part of a rebellious youth movement that came about during the French Revolution (1789–1799). The incroyables referred to the men while the merveilleuses, the women; and they all made their political statements clear by dressing in outlandish fashions that exaggerated and mocked the luxurious styles worn in the court of King Louis XVI (1754–1793).

For its collection, Christian Lacroix Maison has translated this attitude into prints and weaves that include digitally printed linens, cottons and cotton chintz.

Jacquard weaves, velvets and embroidery as well as wallpaper with clear Lacroix images in signature colours also form part of the collection.

The Bagatelle wallpaper, printed on cotton satin, mixes 18th century architectural follies with modern skyscrapers amidst a lush jungle. Photo: Janine

The Bagatelle wallpaper, printed on cotton satin, mixes 18th century architectural follies with modern skyscrapers amidst a lush jungle. Photo: Janine

The Maison de jeu square cushion features a mix of antique playing cards. Photo: Janine

The Maison de jeu square cushion features a mix of antique playing cards. Photo: Janine

A key piece is the Bagatelle wallpaper, printed on cotton satin, which mixes 18th century French architectural follies with modern skyscrapers set amidst a lush jungle.

The collection’s range of fabrics includes Malmaison, a shimmering chintz designed as a tribute to Josephine de Beauharnais’ (wife of French leader Napoleon Bonaparte) rose garden, which was believed to have had over 250 species of the flower. In this range, different rose species are superimposed with contemporary stripes for a modern touch.

Ciel Liberté features a trompe l’oeil (imagery that creates a 3D illusion) of a stormy sky with neon and pastel clouds that symbolise pockets of hope.

Printed on cotton velvet is Maison de Jeu, a display of antique playing cards that “plays with superstitions and vanities”.

Meanwhile, featuring lovely embroidered flowers is Eclats de Roses, which sees the queen of flowers in deep peacock blue and amethyst featured on a mosaic pattern.

Inspired by a girl moving from the countryside to the city is Follète, conceived as an imaginary dialogue between a merveilleuse and a modern day girl.

The collection also offers rugs, beach towels and cushions, ranging from small cushions to bigger-sized ones (50cm x 50cm). The cushions are reversible, with distinctly different designs on each side, and done in materials like cotton satin and silk. – Wong Li Za


The Christian Lacroix Maison SS16 Collection is available at Janine, Great Eastern Mall, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.