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Christian Lacroix on Working With Schiaparelli: ‘Seems Natural to Me’

French fashion designer Christian Lacroix poses at his atelier on July 6, 2009 in Paris.

Following yesterday's announcement that Christian Lacroix would produce the first garments for the house since it shuttered in 1954 — creating a fifteen-piece collection to debut in July — Style.com wondered if the designer is intimidated by the project. "This will perhaps sound pretentious, but this seems natural to me, almost obvious — let's say logical," he told the site, though, "I'll face [Elsa's] glance on a portrait and try to guess what she thinks ... and I'll tell you yes, she's goddamned intimidating!"

Lacroix said that walking into 21 Place Vendôme, Schiaparelli's headquarters since the mid-thirties and the venue for his upcoming presentation:

[Y]ou feel something alive, far from nostalgia. Everything screams, "I'm still here, alive." I think this is good timing and momentum [as long as] we don't copy her but try to extract the quintessence of her style. Her heritage is too often reduced and simplified to only the crazy, surrealistic, and caricatural side of her clothes. [People] ignore how close to the practical, modern, pure aspect of a wardrobe she was, especially during the war. We have to epitomize this image of her.

He confirmed his collection is a one-off and speculated, "next year's homage might be a ballet, a novel, or a movie." Or a lesson in lobster fishing. Nobody knows!

Photo: Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images

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