Cedric Charlier Spring 2015

by Dena Silver

Need a reminder of how much work really goes into the production of a full ready-to-wear collection? Cedric Charlier opened his Spring show with a handful of nearly unfinished pieces. These expertly-tailored separates and dresses were criss-crossed with various types of stitches, leaving threads dangling from a refined black silk blazer and a pale pink vest. They also added a bit of structure to an otherwise boxy striped frock. The rest of the collection was relatively neatly put-together; the silhouettes were a bit softer than usual. A black dress featured a handkerchief hem that revealed a few colorful layers of silk underneath. Those floating hems cropped up on a peachy silk dress with spaghetti straps, a pleated emerald green dress with a pleated detail down the side, and even a black leather skirt. On the texture front, there was some feathered detailing, which made an quite the bold statement on an intricate silk dress. Another texture to note? The beaded slides, especially the metallic ones, with a thick black lug-sole and the perfect amount of texture to complete each artful look. By contrast, leather bow-encrusted sandals were just as chic. As Charlier’s tony accounts (like Barneys and Net-a-Porter) and editrix fans can attest, this is certainly a designer to continue following…

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