March 08, 2002 Paris
For fall, they called on Celia Birtwell, the printmaker who worked with (and was married to) designer Ossie Clark in the Seventies, to create some designs for Cacharel. And from her front-row seat at the show, Birtwell watched her handiwork go by: hand-drawn leaves, flowers and cameo doodles ornamented high-waisted Ossie-like fluted dresses, silky skirts, trenches and blouses. Those were interspersed with jeans, glazed cotton bombers and little sixties-style velvet double-breasted suits trimmed with denim. Afterward, Birtwell said she thought the prints "looked rather good." Clements, for her part, said working in an Ossie Clark aesthetic was a dream come true. "When I was seven, I saw Ossie in Camden market and asked him for a job," she said. "He was wearing a yellow cape covered in bells and carrying a King Charles spaniel. If I'd been old enough, I'd have been a total Ossie girl."