LATE SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: Christian Lacroix has cause for celebration. The house in Paris on Saturday night celebrated its latest tie-up with Evian as well as the fifth anniversary of its push into homeware.
The event — held at its boutique on Place Saint-Sulpice at the same time that the Maison & Objet trade show was in full swing – was also an occasion to unveil a capsule collection of silk cushions, porcelain plates, a notebook and an iPhone case all featuring a print that blends tropical plants and buildings.
“I call them the lovers’ plates,” said creative director Sacha Walckhoff, who had succeeded Lacroix following the shuttering of his couture house and its transformation into a licensed business.
“The pattern is different for the two plates, yet complementary,” he added.
Walckhoff also noted that the pattern was inspired by the Parc de Bagatelle, a landscaped garden in Paris that dates back to the 18th century. The floral design is one of the key patterns that have been highlighted throughout the Maison Lacroix furniture collection, while the buildings in the plate pattern are meant to give a dash of modernity.
Guests sipped Evian water and Champagne sprays with packaging bearing an iconic Paseo print and mused in front of the lush floral arrangements created by Thierry Féret featuring bouquets springing out of Lacroix teapots. “He calls them flowers bombs,” said Walckhoff.
Lacroix chief executive officer Nicolas Topiol said homeware now accounts for roughly half the Lacroix business.
The capsule collection is available at the Saint-Sulpice store starting this month, with prices ranging from 22 euros, or $24.50 at current exchange, for the notebook to 159 euros, or $177 for the set of silk cushions. Meanwhile, the new 750-ml. Evian bottles and facial sprays with packaging bearing an iconic Paseo print are slated to roll out to hotels, cafés, restaurants and stores worldwide starting in November.