Following a convincing Spring debut, Cacharel's new designers, Ling Liu and
Dawei Sun, are finding their footing at the storied French house. For
pre-fall, the duo is staying true to the label's gamine DNA, but they aren't
afraid to break a few rules. First, they jettisoned those signature Liberty
florals and replaced them with graphic, pixelated prints, which added a
welcome touch of modernity while maintaining brand identity. Liu and Sun
also demonstrated their flair for tailoring with subtle, asymmetric seaming
that gave comfortable jersey shifts and cashmere-blend topcoats controlled
volume and interesting drape. You could imagine a girl meandering through
the Jardin du Luxembourg in many of these everyday looks, accessorizing them
with flat boots, berets, and chunky knit scarves.
Cacharel regularly sells alongside happening, contemporary Parisian lines
like Isabel Marant and Carven. But if the label is aiming to siphon off some
of that cool clientele, Liu and Sun are going to need to up the edginess
factor with more pieces like the slim jersey pants with pleated side pockets
and the peach fuzz-colored leather minidress here.