PARIS — Christian Lacroix, the Paris couturier famous for his baroque, colorful women’s wear, is set to launch men’s wear.
Lacroix said he plans to announce as early as next week the details of the collection, which will make its retail debut in mid-2001. He said the line would be produced by a French manufacturing partner, but he declined to identify the firm.
Partial to wearing natty, patterned suits and colorful shirts, Lacroix said he’s always had difficulty finding clothes that accommodate his personal styler.
Lacroix said he wears suits by English designer Richard James or French designer Eric Bergere, mixing in pieces from Helmut Lang, Dries Van Noten, Ralph Lauren and Maharishi, the British streetwear brand famous for its embroidered pants.
During an interview here this week, the 49-year-old Lacroix wore a black-and-white gingham suit by James, a white button-down shirt and his favorite gray New Balance sneakers.
Lacroix is part of Bernard Arnault’s LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton luxury empire. Arnault founded Lacroix’s couture house in 1987. Today, Lacroix’s name is found on numerous women’s apparel lines as well as jewelry, home furnishings and tableware. Lacroix said the men’s line will likely encompass suits and sportswear because men tend to mix the two freely.

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