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Fashion
Published: 11 Jan 2016

Pre-Fall 16 Influencer Show: Cédric Charlier

Full of off-kilter proportions and irreverent pattern mixes, Cédric Charlier’s Pre-Fall showing was empowered by the spirit of grunge.

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Cédric Charlier, Pre-Fall 2016
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Cédric Charlier, Pre-Fall 2016
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Cédric Charlier, Pre-Fall 2016

A controlled colour palette, asymmetric cuts and youthful styling hit the sweet spot as Charlier revamped the original grunge template, mixing punky plaids with ditsy florals for a look that gave the latest round of Pre-Fall shows a much needed injection of style.

There was more than a touch of early 90s grunge in his long plaid skirts and mixed-wash denim pieces. The Aran-inspired knits and mismatched layering were all played out in a refreshing palette of red, winter white, blue and pine green, with an unexpected pop of palest blush pink. 

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Cédric Charlier, Pre-Fall 2016
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Cédric Charlier, Pre-Fall 2016
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Cédric Charlier, Pre-Fall 2016

The era’s spirit was also alive and well in the slip dresses that peppered the collection – the best in pale pink with a wrap D-ring detail, bringing a new twist to the classically minimal silhouette.  

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Cédric Charlier, Pre-Fall 2016
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Cédric Charlier, Pre-Fall 2016
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Cédric Charlier, Pre-Fall 2016

Elsewhere, we saw the season’s slouchy mannish pants, hardcore biker jackets, tailored Crombie-style overcoats and wide cropped denim jeans. Shirt styling and plaid-printed knits added leverage to the layered mix, all teamed with the incongruous combination of legwarmers worn with Birkenstock-style sandals.

Need to Know: Nineties grunge spirit, plaids and florals, mannish shirts and tailored jackets, asymmetric hem slip dresses and biker jackets, mixed-wash denim pieces, quirky accessories, mismatched layers.

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