The brand ambassador has been named, the legendary salon reopened, and now all that remains to quench the growing anticipation surrounding Schiaparelli's re-launch later this year is the big reveal as to who will reign as its artistic director. Until then, the Maison has just announced an exciting one-off appointment to keep the speculation at bay - Christian Lacroix. One of fashion’s most seasoned players, the French couturier has been tapped to create a special collection of 15 unique pieces for the brand.

Launching in July, Lacroix’s ‘couturier’ collection will reinterpret the iconic creations that the inimitable Elsa Schiaparelli produced in her colourful career. All will be debuted in the ornate confines of the legendary Parisian salon at 21 Place Vendôme, which re-opened its doors last July. The colourful and boldy-furnished space, overhauled by Vincent Darré, gives a nod to the surrealists with whom Schiap herself was closely associated.

Lacroix, who is best known for the own-name label that he launched in 1987, also notably lent his opulent style to Emilio Pucci, where he was creative director from 2002 to 2005. His eponymous label may have ceased production following the designer’s filing for bankruptcy in 2009, but one thing that has never been in question is his creative output, which extends to costume design and interior design (Paris’ Hotel Le Petit Moulin is one such example).

It is a perfect fit, the coming together of Lacroix and Schiaparelli. The collection aims to echo the timelessness of an enigmatic designer, whose salon in the 1930s was a legendary incubator for thoughtful, groundbreaking work, which also saw collaborations with the likes of Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau. Lacroix's tribute offering will be the first in a series of annual artist collaborations set to caterpault the brand into the future.