The Cacharel stage was decorated by illustrator Julie Verhoeven with drawings of pixie-like creatures, complemented by swirling laser projections—the perfect setting for the kaleidoscopic designs presented by Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro.

"Spanish Harlem Sunday Best meets Teenage Mall-Rat" was how the duo described their cocktail of orchid prints, table-cloth ginghams, brushstroke floras, cartoon animals and colorful toiles de Jouy. Cacharel's renaissance has been driven by this poppy, lighthearted esthetic, and this season should satisfy young customers with plenty of cool basics like candy-colored chevron jackets, sexy jersey dresses, flower-power suits and high-impact bags and mules.

At times, however, Clements and Ribeiro's enthusiasm got the best of them. The extended parade of sugary, pretty-girl dresses and a final series of Victorian lace numbers left some hankering for a sobering shot of insulin.