MILAN BOUND: Cédric Charlier has decided to unveil his first men’s collection in Milan. The runway show is scheduled for Jan. 16. On this occasion, the Belgian designer will also show his women’s collection for fall 2017-18. This step is in line with Charlier’s strategy, as reported in June, and his vision of two complementary lines.
“Milan represents an important appointment for men’s wear,” Charlier said. “I am enthusiastic to be launching my first men’s collection during January’s fashion week, bringing my women’s collection on the runway, too.”
Both collections are produced by Italian fashion group Aeffe, which first signed a licensing agreement with Charlier for his women’s line in January 2012.
In June, Aeffe’s executive chairman Massimo Ferretti said the Belgian designer “has built a very precise aesthetic that has a loyal, supporting customer,” and that it was “not difficult to imagine Charlier’s man as a natural extension of the women’s collection.”
A former Cacharel creative director, Charlier, whose staples include geometric cuts and a strong use of color, also previously worked at Céline under Michael Kors and Jean-Paul Knott and with Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. Charlier pointed to “casual and urban” touches in his men’s collection, and “light, practical and comfortable fits.”
Aeffe controls the Moschino, Alberta Ferretti, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Pollini brands and produces and distributes collections also for Jeremy Scott.