Cacharel was cute and stylish; Costume National, sexy and steamy. Meanwhile, Dries Van Noten stayed folkloric and Loewe had a touch of the gaucho.

Cacharel: Mini skirts and maxi color. That’s what Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro served up at Cacharel for spring. Since their arrival five seasons ago, the husband-and-wife design duo has gained credence with teenagers who love cute and stylish clothes. This time, their ingénues also came with a dash of sex. But by playing grown-up sensuality against teen naïveté, their version was hardly blatant in-your-face sex. Floating micro-minis, for example, were paired with oversized boyfriend sweatshirts that dangled from the shoulder, while revealing chiffon dresses looked mischievously cute in candy-colored prints. Think Brigitte Bardot cavorting in Saint Tropez. Indeed, much of the collection oozed Sixties style, with bold red or green striped sailor T-shirts and artsy prints, including graphic parasol swirls and garlands of jasmine. Although much seemed suited for some sunny fantasyland, plenty was geared to cool schoolgirls as well, from motorcycle cotton trousers and utility blousons to rougher leather separates. Clements and Ribeiro continue to make Cacharel fetching and fun.

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