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COLOR SHOCK

Paris: While most of Paris thus far has been awash in a sea of either all-white or all-black, Cédric Charlier opted to take Cacharel into more colorful territory with eye-popping fruit hues, bubblegum pinks and splashy prints. With even the stage flooded with an orange glow,  the models were well advised to sport sunglasses (a collaboration with Cutler and Gross), although those, too, were tinted with the same vibrant shades. With such a dazzling palette, Charlier smartly kept the clothes clean and crisp. The button-up shirt was key, coming in short-sleeved, ruffle-front, cropped and halter varieties, and worn with matching bottoms and easy sweater dresses. It would not be a Cacharel collection without the floral prints, and amidst the painterly splotches and blurred motifs that covered full-skirted frocks, actual flowers were surprisingly absent. Charlier instead chose to allude to the famed blossoms with moody yet pretty prints inspired by a book of paintings by indie rock and fashion icon Kim Gordon. It was a departure but one that somehow stayed true to the house’s very feminine DNA, while moving it in an edgier, more contemporary direction.

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