Christian Lacroix takes a bow at his final show in July 2009. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

The king of couture is back. Sort of.

Christian Lacroix has designed a capsule collection for Spanish brand Desigual (known for its colorful patchwork pieces and promotional stints like giving free outfits to customers wearing only underwear) launching in fall, reports WWD.

The line, called Desigual by Monsieur Lacroix (unfortunately the designer lost the rights to use his name when he left his brand after it was reduced to a licensing operation) is made up of about 30 pieces, including jackets, skirts and lingerie. An even bigger collection will launch in summer 2012.

While it's a shame not to see the designer back where he rightfully belongs (showing on the Paris catwalks at the haute couture shows next week, naturally), we'll take him however we can get him (check out the Desigual blog for some runway shots of the new collection).

And there's more Lacroix coming our way (well, if you're an opera fan who lives in Germany, that is). WWD reports the designer has made costumes for the opera "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" (The Capulets and The Montagues) in Munich.

Meanwhile, the licensing operation which bears his name is unveiling a collection of men's bags at the Paris men's shows this weekend, as well as new home textiles designed with English firm Designer's Guild.

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