Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Christian LaCroix on the High Street

I knew that Christian Lacroix had been collaborating with La Redoute, but had no idea that the French retailer was available online this side of the Atlantic.

A quick look on the website, and I discover that aside from France’s best known couturier, there are items from Sophia Kokosalaki, Et Vous, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and Used, most all of which are drastically marked down. Compared to his couture prices, this Lacroix trench is a steal at $229, and look who’s modeling....Lily Cole!

I wonder if that’s because La Redoute is still under the radar here in the US, or because the chain hasn’t yet overcome its image as a catalogue company with a predominantly missy clientele.

On the French site, even Francoise Hardy has her own line. Granted, she looks great for a woman in her 60’s. But if she had started her line for the quintessential It girl that she herself was some 40 years ago, I can’t help to wonder if she wouldn't be selling via H&M or Topshop, rather than La Redoute?

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