PARIS — From furniture to trams to hotels, this promises to be a hectic, blockbuster year for the multitasking Christian Lacroix.
The designer celebrates the 20th anniversary of his couture house in 2007, a fact being marked by exhibitions in Paris, Hyères and Moulin, France — plus an extra-long list of side projects, from opera costumes to a plush-but-not-too-cuddly toy for children.
"It's gone so fast," Lacroix mused about crossing the 20-year mark in an interview Thursday, taking a break from fittings ahead of his couture show here next week. "I don't like anniversaries so much. I don't even celebrate my birthdays. It's just time passing by. But it's a good way of thanking people who work with me."
To be sure, they will all be in high gear given the number of Lacroix projects coagulating in 2007. Here is a rundown:
On Jan. 26, at the end of couture week, Lacroix will be feted at a gala dinner during the Maison & Objet home design show after being crowned its Creator of the Year. Lacroix confessed he was perplexed by the honor.
"I asked, ‘Who was the last one?' [Architect] Jean Nouvel, I was told. Not bad!" he said, breaking into laughter. Unfortunately, some of Lacroix's recent projects that won him the honor (high-speed trains and movie theaters) are too cumbersome to display at the show, so he will opt for a table setting.
On Jan. 30, a press conference is scheduled to reveal that Lacroix has won the contract to design a new tramway for the southern French city of Montpellier. "I was sure of losing," he said, describing a whimsical sea decor scheme with swimming-pool colors and coral-shaped coat hangers. The trains are slated to be operational in about two years.
On Feb. 2, Lacroix's latest women's fragrance, with partner Inter Parfums, will be unveiled in Paris. The designer was mum on details, but assured, "I like it."
This spring, Habitat stores will begin stocking a slate of new objects for children, and Lacroix proposed some stuffed creatures à la Tim Burton. He calls them "monsters."
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