Cedric Charlier
By Joanna Manganaro

IN CONTRAST New York: Cedric Charlier has come a long way since his days at Cacharel. His work there was youthful and optimistic, appropriate …

Jan 11, 2013
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Cedric Charlier Pre-Fall 2013
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Cedric Charlier Pre-Fall 2013

IN CONTRAST
New York: Cedric Charlier has come a long way since his days at Cacharel. His work there was youthful and optimistic, appropriate for the label. But now that he’s on his own, Charlier seems to feel free to explore his edgier side. Instead of the ebullient florals that appeared in his Cacharel collections, he included vaguely Asian abstract designs embroidered with blood red and eerie green on a black backdrop. He also used copious amounts of black leather for wrapped skirts, skinny pants and a naught-but-nice A-line dress. Curly lamb coats and spongy sweaters provided textural contrast and softened the mood. Color was a key element here. Charlier mixed murkier tones with brights, including poppy, electric yellow, and the Pre-Fall favorite, carnation pink. The dichotomies of bright and dark, fur and leather, prim and seductive made for a collection that was intriguing in its many contrasts.–Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: A-line / Long and lean / Hourglass / Boxy on top

Color: Black / Carnation / Poppy / Electric yellow / Sapphire / Teal / Charcoal / Cobalt / Forest green / Navy / Turquoise

Key Items: Mongolian lamb coat / Asymmetric hemline skirts / Embroidered skinny pants / Leather A-line dress

Materials: Mongolian lamb / Leather / Matte suitings / Double-faced satin / Silk charmeuse / Felted wool / Fine- and medium-gauge cashmere yarns

Print + Pattern: Asian-inspired abstract designs

Details + Trim: Embroidery / Pieced panels / Zippers / Contrast sleeves / Fur collars / Asymmetrical hemlines

Accessories + Footwear: Angular sunglasses / Color blocked envelope wristlets / Boxy clutches and bags / Pointy-toe pumps

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