By  on January 19, 2007

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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