PARIS — Bernard Arnault made fashion history 15 years ago when he launched a couture house for Christian Lacroix. No one else has dared since. So you can forgive the LVMH chairman for not knowing where to start when he delivered a speech and decorated Lacroix as a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor on Wednesday night. The ceremony was held on the terrace of the headquarters of Euro RSCG, an ad agency, and followed by a dinner for about 60 inside.

"The usual procedure for this ceremony is to retrace the recipient’s life," Arnault told the audience. "But your life is so rich, your universe so full of fantasy and your talents so multiple that it is difficult to begin. I have the impression that I should cut to the essentials, but even that is a challenge, since you escape, you move and you surprise."

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