After the collapse of his Maison de Haute Couture last year, Christian Lacroix removed himself from what was left of the company that currently bears his name, joining the ranks of designers like Jil Sander, Kenzo Takada, Helmut Lang, Joseph Abboud and many others who have nothing whatsoever to do with their namesake brands. Though it may be a long time before we see his work on a couture runway again (never say never) the revered designer has not abandoned fashion, and not unlike Ms. Sander, will be designing a collection for a popularly priced sportswear chain. In this case, it's Spanish brand Desigual, whose signature cacophonous, headache inducing, chashing of patterns and colors has more in common with M. Lacroix's eclectic style than we would care to admit.
The 30 piece Fall 2011 capsule collection (pictured above) will be further expanded for Summer 2012, and because the designer's full name is not available for him to use commercially, the label will read, "Desigual by Monsieur Lacroix". Price points have not been announced, but we are guessing that they will be somewhat above the usual Desigual range but way below Christian Lacroix's regular prices.
As much as we are inclined to avert our eyes while passing Desigual stores, we have to admit that this will be a very good reason to actually go inside and shop. After all, anything that keeps Christian Lacroix working and creating and making beautiful things for people to buy has to be counted as a good thing.