Cacharel S/S 2013

At this point in time the name Cacharel may be more frequently associated with the line’s enduring fragrances, than its utlra-feminine clothing but designers Ling Liu and Dawei Sun are out to change that perception and with their chic spring collection, the duo may very well do just that. With a focus on abstracted florals, wearable shapes and an appealing concept the French refer to as charmant, Liu and Sun crafted an unfussy take on elegance that was completely in line with today’s easy going consumers. The women who want luxury, but still wish to maintain the air of casual girlishness that keeps things fun.

Though the clothes felt casual, they weren’t exactly the sort of thing one throws on haphazardly. The gauzy dresses in cool tones and pure white transparent skirts were better suited to cocktails than clubbing, still the collection was devoid of the kind of try hard desperation that has weighed down too many shows this week. Instead Liu and Sun went for a classic mix of frothy and at times whimsical pieces that felt lighter than air; these are kind of looks that never go out of style. In particular the head to toe printed finale ensemble on Julianna Schurig was an absolute delight, it held all the hallmarks of the perfect spring look – lightness, beauty, flowers, but felt thoroughly modern in its execution.

Text Janelle Okwodu
Photos Dirk Alexander for

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