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.