Christian Lacroix to Kick Off Schiaparelli's Revival

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Schiaparelli's relaunch — which was announced about a year ago — is finally getting off the ground! Italian fashion magnate Diego Della Valle — who purchased the storied house's trademarks and archives in 2006 — just opened up about his design strategy via press release.

His first order of business? Tapping Christian Lacroix to "pay homage to the Schiap legend by interpreting her iconic creations while perpetuating her timeless image" with a fifteen-piece collection presented at 21 place Vendôme, Elsa Schiaparelli's former headquarters, this July. So...Paris Couture Week, then?

Of the designer, Lacroix said, "In this persona incarnating a true aristocrat, one finds a spirit where mathematics and literature as well as poetry coexist: Elsa is a sacred sphinge who never ceases to interrogate us while offering us new enigmas as answers. Art, theater and cinema ... my wish is to reposition Elsa at the center of her maison and on the stage from which she once seduced the world."

After Lacroix's guest stint, "a long series of different artist contributions [will take] place in succession at the Schiaparelli Maison." Which is a great way to audition possible new artistic directors.
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