Christian Lacroix, the man famed for designing the puffball skirt and décolleté necklines, is venturing into residential real estate – helping Kuwaiti-based property developer Abyaar build an avant-garde residential tower in Dubai.
This is the first time the French designer has lent his name to a residential offering, having previously worked on several Paris-based boutique hotel interiors, as well as TGV trains to Strasbourg, tramway cars in Montpellier and designing the new Air France uniform. Indeed, passengers on the airline's first class service are handed a pair of signed pajamas as a memoir of their experience.
And Abyaar's residential tower will be the epitome of all things Lacroix. The building, which will have views of Dubai's coastline, The Palm and Burj al Arab landmarks, will incorporate a Lacroix-designed façade, lobby and interiors and be based on “paradox,” according to the designer, “contemporary and baroque, blending East and West, old and new, inspired by history and folklore.”
Abyaar, which has yet to name the development, is keen to ensure the hotel sets it apart from rivals in the booming city, which is aspiring to become one of the world's leading tourist destinations.