Christian Lacroix pulled off an exuberant tour de force with his summer haute couture collection on Tuesday, which was a riot of colour and brimming with gowns in which to get noticed.

Lacroix does not dress shrinking violets and some chutzpah would be needed to carry off many of his creations.

But every single number was a testament to the level of workmanship and perfection that is the hallmark of couture - from the precious fabrics used wantonly to the lavish detail.