>> Last time we checked in with Christian Lacroix, he was remaining optimistic about his bankruptcy situation, and that hasn't changed, despite the fact that he needs to find an investor in the next two weeks or jobs are going to start being cut (possibly including his own). He's taken the opportunity to give up wine and chocolate, he tells the Telegraph UK: "Actually losing a few pounds and having this battle to fight makes me feel that I am undergoing a renaissance."
And fighting he is: "Don't tell anyone, because I'm not allowed to do this, but we absolutely are going to have a show in mid-July, during Fashion Week — and it won't be a funeral: it'll be a fightback."
So how's he making it happen? »
Considering that he himself is owed 1.2 million euros, he doesn't have enough to pay seamstresses, fabric suppliers, and models, much less for the invites: "It can't cost us a single euro to put this show on, because I'm not having my workers lose a penny from their pockets, but so far, it looks like thanks to other people's kindness — friends and suppliers working for free — it might happen." Some are wondering if he might have taken the check offered by a couture client, after all.
When asked if he's saddened by the whole situtation, he is quick to reply. "No, no, no: I am too angry to cry . . . The recession was a gift to the management, really, because they could blame everything on that, but it was only partly responsible. Do you know that I haven't been paid for a year and a half?"
He continued: "I can't stand the idea that people think I am to blame. But to a certain extent I am paying for not having done what everyone else did, with their logos and It-bags. I never went down that route."