MAN UP: Cédric Charlier is expanding into men’s.


“My next project is to develop men’s for my own brand. It will happen in two winters’ time,” he said at the presentation of his capsule collection for Petit Bateau at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.


“I think if you had to qualify my work, you could say that I work on a certain sophistication, I work on a certain structure through cut, and I am sensitive to color. I think obviously that will be true also of the men’s collection,” the Belgian designer added.


Charlier took over a wing of the museum to showcase his 10-piece line, featuring patchworks of different stripes, via large-scale video projections of dancers that were captured midair using a 360-degree camera. These were complemented by sporadic live dance performances.


“I really wanted to be able to present things differently,” he explained. “I wanted to express something about movement and a certain freedom — that’s why it’s very aerial. It was a logical consequence for me. It was important to me [to see] the clothes from every angle.”

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