With visions of Christian Lacroix's spring fashions dancing in their heads, designers everywhere are starting to unveil their own "interpretations" of the Paris couturier's frilly, florid styles. In another business, this sort of thing might qualify as scandal, but in fashion it's no surprise when one designer inspires others. In fact, some contend, being second can be better.
"My clothes have the feeling of Christian Lacroix, but they're not done the couture way," says Los Angeles designer Bonnie Strauss. "Mine are for fun. His are for a very limited clientele."
Not for Everybody
The four- or five-digit price tags attached to Lacroix clothes do exclude some admiring potential buyers. It also enhances the appeal of certain designers, Strauss among them, who can sell their mass-produced versions for less than half his price.
While Strauss admits that her spring styles show the French fashion upstart's influence, she credits other sources too. Among them, English garden-print fabrics she recently saw in London and silk roses she saw a lot of women wearing in Paris.