You just can't keep a good fashion house down.
Despite filing for bankruptcy and running solely as a licensing operation, the Christian Lacroix label is eyeing a fashion comeback in a big way, WWD reports.
The company has announced plans for four upcoming fashion and lifestyle lines while pursuing licensing deals for lingerie, childrenswear and men's and women's accessory collections, according to the paper.
Welcome back, baby.
While Lacroix, the brand, is still out of the couture and ready-to-wear game, it has reportedly set its sights on a range of women's sunglasses and optical frames for Mondottica; luxury stationery via Libretto Holdings; home textiles with the Designers Guild and decorative wood panels (hey, whatever works) with Marotte.
Sounds like there's plenty to be done, though it will be completed by fewer people; just 12 employees will reportedly remain after further layoffs. French designer Christian Lacroix, whose name carries on, is no longer involved with the company.
Additionally, the label plans to shutter Lacroix boutiques and auction off its furniture pieces while focusing on its new projects and current fragrance and menswear licensing ventures, according to WWD.
"I think it's better to start fresh," Lacroix CEO Nicolas Topiol told the source. "There's a new life, a new chapter starting in this company. The brand is strong, it's known and we feel we can really build on that."
But first, the label plans to make one teeny little detour: Oscar dresses!
"We're working on the Oscars now," Topiol noted. "We'll see if we score." (And we'll keep you posted!)
Meanwhile, check out our Oscar style predictions.