PARIS — Petit Bateau has tapped Cédric Charlier for a capsule collection of clothes for women, men and girls.
The 10-piece collection will go on sale on Dec. 6 at concept stores The Broken Arm in Paris and Hunting and Collecting in Brussels before becoming available in a selection of Petit Bateau stores and online on Dec. 13.
Known for his modernist tailoring, Charlier brought a sportswear feel to the line.
“My inspiration is the striped jersey. I took the brand’s signature stripes and worked them into a collage, adding a hand-painted stripe. I designed it like a puzzle and I like to think of the resulting capsule as made for a dynamic lifestyle,” he said.
“They are great basics. Generally, I work on more sophisticated pieces for my catwalk shows, but I think my style is strongly recognizable in these pieces,” the Belgian designer added.
The look book was shot in a 360-degree format on a cast chosen with the help of dancer Jos Baker. “Because there is this interplay of stripes, I wanted to play off the confrontation of bodies, the idea of a game, so I called on contemporary dancers,” Charlier said.
Patrick Pergament, chief executive officer of Petit Bateau, said the brand was interested in working with a rising designer with a pragmatic approach.
“Petit Bateau is a cheeky brand, both in terms of colors and products, and he managed to convey that inspiration and that spirit,” he said. “In periods of crisis and hardship, people still want and need cheerful things.”
The pieces are priced from 50 euros to 170 euros, or $65 to $228 at current exchange. The line marks the first time Charlier has designed clothes for children — a dress and a striped jersey for girls — but not his debut in the mass-market arena: Earlier this year, the designer created a collection for mail-order retailer La Redoute.
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