Paris: In his second collection for the Parisian institution, Cédric Charlier seemed to be in a nostalgic mood, much like the customers who have been frantically snatching up the re-worked Cacharel and Liberty vintage released at Colette last month. While his debut took the house in a more contemporary direction, this fall’s charming coquette revisited the classic, sweetly-playful side of the brand. Shifts were cut in A-line shapes with thigh-skimming hems that made the ankle boot-clad models look like schoolgirls who had outgrown their clothes. Boxy, round-sleeved coats also reinforced a youthful aesthetic, worn over prim button-ups, pleated culottes and thermal bike shorts. The trademark Liberty mille-fleur was updated with bright candied colors against contrasting dark grounds, the different varieties mixing in eye-pleasing collages. Charlier also deviated from last season’s abstract brush prints, instead opting for photorealistic ruffles that created trompel’œil dimension on dresses and separates. With this mix of darling frocks in exuberant prints and a pleasing palette of fiery and dark autumnals, the new designer has solidified his understanding of the brand and has created a collection worthy of the archives.
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