Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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The button-up shirt served as the starting point in Cédric Charlier’s debut for Cacharel, inspiring a collection high on wearability and prettiness, and therefore, perfectly brand-appropriate. The former Lanvin assistant deconstructed the classic shirt into a skirt that used the yoke as a peplum, belted jumpsuits, and slightly askew blouses with misplaced lapels and crooked pintucks. For a sportier take, the basic crew-neck tee was revamped into silk shifts and sheer tunics emblazoned with glass bugle beads. Although not as playful as the work of the previous design team of Eley Kishimoto, the clothes possessed a refined grown-up quality. Graduated A-line skirts, pleated culottes, and tent-shaped dresses offered plenty of comfortably chic options for work or weekend. Charlier also added a lingerie element, pairing organza Bermuda shorts with everything, including a matching transparent suit. A series of exuberant floral prints by Columbian painter Alberto Vejarano moved the collection out of the muted color palette of crisp whites with cosmetic neutrals. Cacharel’s iconic Liberty millefleurs were reworked with pointillist flecks that bloomed into bold expressionist strokes of paint — the basic button-up finally evolving into a painter’s canvas.
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