08/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Christian Lacroix: "This Is My Annus Horribilis!"

He is confident in his design vision for the future, one that includes "high-quality ready-to-wear because this period is so difficult and tough. We will forever need refined and beautiful things" and a "couture light" that focuses on the daywear American clients demand; special evening gowns and wedding dresses are generally designed in collaboration with clients. Lacroix envisions a move to a different house in a different location and a customer approach that mirrors that established by Azzedine Alaïa in his own studio-emporium-salon in a converted factory space in the Marais.