Cédric Charlier staged a coed presentation for spring, letting his designs for men and women bounce back each other’s images like a distorted fairground mirror. Called “Playtime,” the starting point for the collection was a sculpture by Todd Knopke featuring a gold blanket thrown casually over a fluffy pink armchair.
Cue gold lamé for the girls, pleated as a shimmering skirt or as sequined stripes on a navy sweater and slim-line skirt. For the boys, the shade was toned down to a mustard canvas, as in cropped workwear pants, shorts and jackets in boxy shapes with a utilitarian feel. The pink came in a variety of forms and styles, and was particularly creative on a fringed reverse jacquard camisole and skirt (for girls only) and an outsize floral patterned sweater for men, but was also offered up in a pale pastel shade, as on a set of “his and hers” matching boiler suits.
Those pleats were also mirrored in a variety of stripes, found on several tailored designs as well as T-shirts, knitwear and shirting, the latter being an essential foundation to the collection, the designer said. A gray check suiting fabric was offered in the form of wide-leg pants and asymmetric dresses, accentuating the play on gender fluidity.
Charlier said he started designing the collection from the shoes up, particularly a range of monochrome canvas sneakers in a variety of hues that summed up the overall casual feel of his interpretation of the season.
See More From the Men’s 2018 Collections:
Jil Sander Men’s Spring and Resort 2018: Lucie and Luke Meier debuted at Jil Sander with a women’s and a men’s collections, which offered a fresh, new take on the signature rigorous elegance of the brand.
Fausto Puglisi Men’s Spring 2018: Urban, baggy silhouettes met references to the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures in this capsule collection.
Missoni Men’s Spring 2018: Angela Missoni designed an easy-breezy collection featuring a ultra rich color palette.
3.1 Phillip Lim Men’s Spring 2018: The designer was inspired by artists and created a paint-splattered collection of updated staples.
Antonio Marras Men’s Spring 2018: Antonio Marras got inspired by American movie “The Beguiled” for his beautiful collection combining masculine silhouettes with feminine detailing.
Wood Wood Men’s Spring 2018: A quote from “Talented Mr. Ripley” inspired the signature pattern of this urban, wearable men’s collection.