PARIS — Real life — it isn’t all Yohji serenity and Chanel chic. Sometimes it just stinks, which may be why, when couture season rolls around, some designers like to indulge in a little fantasy and haute diversion for themselves and their clients. Of course, even the haute costume shop has its share of misses along with the hits, and often they turn up on the same runway. On Wednesday, Emanuel Ungaro let rip with his most extreme reveries on exotica, and at Givenchy, Julien Macdonald prepped his girls to cover for the chorines at whips-and-chains night at the Bellagio.

But the fantasy train stopped first at Christian Lacroix. While other designers fall in and out of love with whimsy, it goes to the core of Lacroix’s essence. He loves the haute concept of indulgence not only for its sky’s-the-limit resources, but for its inherent possibilities. A genuine optimist, Lacroix seizes the moment — not to mention the silks, laces, tassles, feathers and frills — to share with his audience and clientele.

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