At long last, we know which designer will guide Schiaparelli back into the marketplace: Christian Lacroix.
Lacroix will design a 15-piece collection for the house that's set to debut in July. This capsule is the first of what the house is calling a "long series of artist contributions," implying that other designers will create similar collections in the future. But in a statement, Schiaparelli made it clear that it "will also develop collections by the future artistic director of the Schiaparelli maison." Recent rumors have pointed to Marco Zanini of Rochas as a possibility for that position, but who will actually get it remains to be seen.
For now, Lacroix — who showed his final couture collection in 2009 — said he wanted to "reposition Elsa at the center of her maison and on the stage from which she once seduced the world." The collection itself, according to the brand, will "pay homage to the Schiap legend by interpreting her iconic creations while perpetuating her timeless image."
Photo courtesy of Schiaparelli.