Cedric Charlier Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2013 Paris

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Cedric Charlier Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2013 Paris

Cédric Charlier started Paris fashion week with a strong sartorial offering that showed a designer completely at ease in his budding fashion universe. In a very short time he had been able to establish codes for his house that are uniquely his own (copper zipper accents, day glow colors, architectural shapes).

This season Charlier talked about being inspired by the work of medieval illumination scriptures and the Dutch artist Brueghel. A starting point that would have been hard to guess at the beginning of the show which featured dark hued designs that used exposed seems, paneling and a play on color blocking to give the impression that the pieces had been worn inside out (but in a good way).

From there the designer began to bring in some color. The first green “Oscar the Grouch” coat lined with dayglow pink was a bit of a head scratcher, but Charlier quickly progresses to some prints in a network pattern of lines that the designer smartly used on clean line ensembles. The introduction of dayglow pink, grass green, and acid yellow shades on some of the looks was well timed and help punch up the generally dark collection.

And the final few colorful and abstract embroidered outfits, this is where Brueghel came into play, looked original and yet familiar at the same time.

- Jessica Michault