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Cacharel Womenswear S/S12

After the departure of Cedric Charlier, Ling Liu and Daiwei Sun take over

Cacharel had been on an upward verve with the innovations of ex-creative director Cedric Charlier with his modern way of taking Cacharel's DNA and injecting it with his own design sensibility.  It was therefore surprising to see what Ling Liu and Daiwei Sun - two relatively unknown designers - would bring to the table.  it might be the early steps of instilling their own design signature but Liu and Sun took Cacharel back to basics - girlish unfussy clothes that poked at print and florals without ever getting too literal or cartoonish with them. 

Most of the looks were minimal with muted colours of pale blue, sherbet orange and pistachio green in daywear separates.  Where print did come into the story, it was a very subtle take on florals where they were abstracted or turned into delicate watercolours that graced sun dresses, chiffon shirts  and flared out skirts.  It was all the sort of sweet and simpering stuff that one has seen from Cacharel of yesteryears but you can't help but wonder whether Liu and Sun have asserted enough of themselves into the collection or whether Cacharel gave a set of strict instructions to follow up on.