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Letter From Paris: Christian Lacroix, We Love You

06/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It was with great sadness we read that the fashion house of Christian Lacroix filed for court protection from creditors -- bankruptcy -- yesterday. I had actually been tipped of the dismal news last week, so I wasn't surprised -- but sorry that this extraordinary man whose fashions we lusted after for so many years was facing this ending. But only for now, I'll say.

Didn't we all want to be Patsy or Eddie on Absolutely Fabulous in some sense?! And we all loved Lacroix even more because they adored him so!

The loss of Christian Lacroix to Paris haute couture is immeasurable. Although the designer hopes to hold a small presentation during the July couture season, this was the last house established under the formal couture rules.

Christian Lacroix also designed the boutique Hotel du Petit Moulin in Paris. It is the jewel hotel where I most want to spend the night in my hometown. Lacroix, of course!

Christian Lacroix is the name behind the interior design of this new 4* hotel lying in the heart of Le Marais, the historic area of Paris....This 17th century building was the site of an ancient bakery.

I'd just like to say, Monsieur Lacroix, we wish you well. We know this is not the end -- and we look forward to the next Lacroix incarnation -- whatever it may be! We send our love.

Readers, I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, or appreciation of Christian Lacroix in the comments below.

Beth Arnold lives and writes in Paris. You can see more of Letter From Paris at www.betharnold.com. This piece is crossposted there with photos.