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by TERESA CHOW on Aug 16, 2011 in Interiors , Lifestyle
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Sacha Walckhoff has been creative director at Christian Lacroix for 18 years, and his Paris apartment epitomises the couture label’s legendary eccentric style and vibrant colours

French label Christian Lacroix is synonymous with haute couture; its glamorous, expensive and unapologetically dramatic designs have fascinated the fashion world for decades. Creative director Sacha Walckhoff, who has been with the house for 18 years, remaining faithful in the face of the difficulties the label faced, when it was shuttered in 2009 – although it has since been resurrected, thanks in large part to Walckhoff’s devotion for Lacroix, rooted in his instinctive love for fashion.

Spending a year or so rethinking and rebuilding the label, Walckhoff regenerated Lacroix by making the painful decision to halt the women’s collection, but took flight with the debut of his first-ever men’s collection early this year. Lacroix has also launched accessories and home collections, created in collaboration with renowned brands such as Designers Guild and Marotte.

Walckhoff’s new menswear line was inspired by travel, and his Paris apartment is surely also a fountain of inspiration, too. Walckhoff’s five-room residence – where he has lived for more than 15 years – is nestled in a 19th century building that looks “very Paris”, according to the designer. A patchwork of colours, textures and patterns – sharing the same ethos as the brand Lacroix – the eccentric, eclectic style epitomised by Walkhoff’s flat is both bold and gracious.

A zebra sculpture was sourced from the Marché Paul Bert flea market Paris, while chairs by Maarten Baas and Rodrigo Almeida grace the balcony area. The sofa, cushions and panel in the living room feature Christian Lacroix for Designers Guild fabrics, and a 1970s vintage desk in the office pulls all the standalone pieces in that room together.

 Read the full story in the September 2011 issue of Perspective magazine! 

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