Fashion Now

Text by Caroline Issa

Illustrations by Christian Lacroix

The autumn/winter shows are always my favourite. There is just so much more to look at. Think of all the layering pieces: the coats, the jackets, the jumpers. I was rewarded with spectacular visions by designers that entirely reflected my own tastes - promises of the trouser suit, rich brocades, deep purples and plenty of leather.

When we were planning this issue, I wanted to ensure we had a collections story as a visual reminder of the shows that had made my heart sing. From Valentino's impressively feminine show, Thakoon's vibrant trench coat and feather confections, to Maison Martin Margiela's beautiful, if exaggerated, tailoring. These were the key looks that stood out. More than anything this season is about a new line, a shape and form that wants to take off somewhere new. Asking the great couturier and creative genius, Christian Lacroix to interpret 14 looks of the season was the easy part. And it was mind-blowing when he agreed.

These are looks from shows I really admired. Christian with iPad and stylo (his tool of choice nowadays) generated a series of sketches, combining his legendary illustrations with new collage techniques. His digital tools only enhanced his personal touch, his distinct fingerprint on such delicate details was perfectly in tune with this issue's theme of technology and sensuality and so unmistakably Lacroix with his incredible genius to make us dream. I love his interpretation of the looks of the season by fellow creators, and hope you do too.

Production & coordination: Jérôme Puch

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