Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: There were two disparate but complimentary influences behind Cedric Charlier’s latest collection. First, the Art Brut movement of the mid-twentieth century provided the inspiration for the scribbled, swirling prints that enlivened the clean-lined separates toward the middle of the show. The colorful embroidery that closed the collection was drawn from illuminated manuscripts from the medieval era. In between, Charlier went for simplicity, with an almost architectural sense of line and shape. Skirts and tops were created from rectangular panels, and sweaters featured color blocking and boxy silhouettes. Curly furs added textural interest, and pops of neon pink and kelly green gave the offering an overall sense of excitement. Though there were many ideas at work here, Charlier was able to balance them all and create desirable clothing in the process. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Stacked / Peplum / A-line / Oversized / Hourglass
Color: Navy / Midnight blue / Acid yellow / Charcoal / Forest green / Black / Kelly green / Neon pink / Optic white / Bordeaux
Key Items: Embroidered dresses / Printed separates / Oversized coats / Peplum tops
Materials: Wool suitings / Lustrous satin / Georgette / Flannel / Bonded leather / Curly fur / Unlined leather / Bonded silks / Lamé
Print + Pattern: Art Brut-inspired scribbles / Flora and fauna inspired by illuminated manuscripts
Details + Trim: Piecing / Zippers / Raw edges / Funnel necks / High ruffle necks / Peplums / Gathering / Deep V-necks
Accessories + Footwear: Boxy satchels and clutches / Fold-over bags / Skinny belts / Pointy-toe pumps / Ankle-strap pumps
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