SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL: A big name will be missing from the Paris runway calendar when an early version comes out later this week: Christian Lacroix. The designer, who typically invites up to 1,500 people to the Carrousel du Louvre to see his latest ready-to-wear collection, is scaling back. A house spokeswoman said Lacroix wants to show in a more intimate way this season, possibly even hosting a dinner in lieu. The designer is expected to finalize his plans later this week. Although Lacroix’s couture shows are typically triumphant, with applause greeting practically every exit, his ready-to-wear shows have lately received lukewarm receptions. Yves Carcelle, head of LVMH’s fashion and leather goods business, said Lacroix’s decision relates partly to time pressures as he prepares for his debut as the new designer of Pucci in Milan on Sept. 28. Also, Carcelle said it’s time to find a "new, modern way" for the designer to showcase the direction of the house’s various apparel lines, including Bazaar and Christian Lacroix jeans.

Meanwhile, Kenzo, identified by LVMH chief Bernard Arnault as one of the luxury giant’s emerging star brands, has a new leader.

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