Cacharel Spring Summer 2012 Review

Cedric Chariler is no longer creative director at Cacharel and was replaced by Ling Liu and Dawei Sun. The opening looks were underwhelming and looked cheap. Things moved on briefly to a pale blue cotton shirt dress with a tie waist that looked easy and smart but this didn’t last long. They ticked all the right boxes for spring: pastels, florals, sheer elements, but it wasn’t strong. In a season with many new designers heading up established houses (Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Kenzo and Clare Waight Keller at Chloé) Liu and Lim need to have a stronger vision because bland separates for day isn’t good enough.
Also, wouldn’t the knock-on effect of hiring two Chinese natives to head up a French house bring a lot of attention to the brand in China? You can see the China Daily headlines now. Chinese duo wow Paris fashion week. Designers wave the flag for China at Paris fashion week. With China's luxury sector booming it would be shrewd to have a Chinese designer at a French house. You have to wonder.


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