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>> Cacharel Taps Cedric Charlier of Lanvin to Replace Eley Kishimoto — Spring 2010 Paris Fashion Week is shaping up to be full of new blood, between Phoebe Philo at Celine, Peter Copping at Nina Ricci, Lindsay Lohan and Estrella Archs at Ungaro, and now Cedric Charlier, who has been appointed as creative director at Cacharel. Charlier, who has spent the last six years working under Alber Elbaz, presents his first collection for the brand Oct. 3. [Telegraph UK]
While many dread budget restraints, former Cacharel designer Ignacio Ribeiro welcomes it. "Cutting budgets back is so exciting," he said, referring to the relaunch of him and his wife, Suzanna Clement's label, Clement Ribeiro. The duo put their company into voluntary liquidation in 2005 and left Cacharel in 2007. "It’s been a big, fun game for us, finding ways to be better, stronger — and more competitive but on a smaller scale," Ribeiro said.
Whereas before their collection was all about intarsia, now knitwear will be combined with wovens. The pair currently works from home in North London and is aiming to reduce prices 20 percent for Spring 2010.
In the works is a bold and bright capsule collection — to be unveiled during couture week in Paris in July — of limited-edition ready-to-wear and accessories made from vintage couture fabrics. Also in the pipeline is an upgraded website featuring a series of 30-second films which will make the collections come to life. Welcome back.
In a time when originality is of utmost importance, French contemporary sportswear brand Cacharel has announced that it's redefining itself. "There will no longer be a ‘Cacharel by . . .’ There’s one star: Cacharel," said Marc Ramanantsoa, the firm’s new managing director. The brand is specifically changing its design studio, management, distribution, and production. In terms of its new fashion direction, the house gave a preview of what's to come at its Rue d’Uzès boutique in Paris (see below).
It remains to be seen if these tweaks will be well received, but according to Ramanantsoa, change is necessary: "We need to come back to the product and convince them that there is a change. We want to see the street dressed in Cacharel."
>> MODA OPERANDI —One year after taking over at Cacharel, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, or Eley Kishimoto, are on their way out — Spring 2009 was their last collection. Both parties labeled the split as amicable, but the designers noted that there was "a conflict over creative vision" and differences about "where the line should be going." No surprise here — it can't be easy to design under the label's CEO Jean Bousquet, who founded and used to design the label himself. [WWD]
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Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto's first collection for Cacharel showed this morning, and, by and large, we were charmed by this collection of Parisian chic meets Japanses cute. Summer dresses, cotton tops, plenty of florals, dungarees and kawaii cute prints showed the kind of youthful spirit that one has long associated with the Cacharel brand, now enterting its 50th year.
In fact, the whole lot felt like a the wardobe of one of those maddenly adorable new Millenials obsessed with posting their latest vintage finds and wardrobe remixes on their blogs. In fact it had a distinct Built by Wendy feel, but no need for a chicken and the egg dialog as we know which came first.
Women's flared, shortened pant, made to look like a skirt. They differ from trousers or shorts by being much fuller at the bottom (hem) than at the waist. They're unlike a skort, which is shorts that have a front covering to resemble a skirt.
Mad for plaid? Get these Cacharel Wool Plaid Culottes ($87, originally $290).