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PARIS — Christian Lacroix is justly celebrated for his ethereal romanticism, but the fall couture lineup he showed on Wednesday also had an added ingredient: a dose of reality. And it helped create a splendid collection. There were great day...

PARIS — Christian Lacroix is justly celebrated for his ethereal romanticism, but the fall couture lineup he showed on Wednesday also had an added ingredient: a dose of reality. And it helped create a splendid collection. There were great day looks with whimsical touches, such as a green wool coat that closes with a butterfly, while the evening styles — like the shocking pink bustier gown — would make quite an impression in Hollywood. Here, Lacroix’s golden girl in a dazzling fur-trimmed coat and dress. For more on the couture, see the other articles under the “Fashion” section.

This story first appeared in the July 9, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.