October 05, 2001 Paris
"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.