For pre-fall, Cédric Charlier looked back to his teenage years as a grunge enthusiast, back when MTV was killing the radio star with music videos. “I just played with it,” he said. His formula: a bit of reminiscence put into a chic, modern context. For example, a plaid shirt featured precisely rolled-up sleeves and was combined with a handkerchief skirt. From afar it looked “tied at the waist,” but it was just a smart trick. Rather, the skirt was well-seamed and expertly cut to fall into neat points.
Elsewhere, Charlier riffed on the masculine-feminine juxtaposition, most memorably in what might be called a party dress were it not for its charcoal pin-striped fabric that contrasted with the floral slip that played bodice peek-a-boo. For a more fluid take, Charlier showed a long, floral slipdress under a boyfriend blazer. “It’s all very laid-back,” he said.