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