“Blade Runner” makeup and a trio of silver prisms suspended over the runway announced the futuristic bent of Cédric Charlier’s sophomore collection.
The Belgian, who has partnered with Italian manufacturer Aeffe SpA in his post-Cacharel career, is among a new generation of European designers pushing a modernist agenda. Cue the pristine shirts buttoned to the throat, pajamalike trousers and boxy white tailoring streaked with industrial zippers — here in a copper shade.
Not surprisingly, the DayGlo orange streaked across models’ brows eventually turned up on the clothes, lending a searing quality to snappy shift dresses and monastic gowns.
Charlier also added interest by incorporating minimalist sash details into his streamlined clothes with their fluttering, laser-cut edges. One black satin gown with a plunging bodice and sweeping, half-pleated skirt was dead simple, but had drama.