French fashion label Cacharel, which helped to revolutionize women's fashion in the 1960s with its flirty, feminine creations, on Monday...
PARIS — French fashion label Cacharel, which helped to revolutionize women’s fashion in the 1960s with its flirty, feminine creations, on Monday celebrated its 50th anniversary with a catwalk show that looked both to the past and the future.
The first half of the display showcased the creations of Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, the design duo better known as Eley Kishimoto, who were hired last year to give the brand a face-lift.
Models with their hair fastened into side knots paraded in easy, breezy summer dresses and pajama-style slacks in upbeat shades of mustard, turquoise and purple, some featuring printed or crocheted motifs of migrating birds for a retro tinge.
Then, in a surprise finale, dozens of models emerged in the label’s vintage Liberty floral print cotton shirts and dresses, before taking a bow with 76-year-old founder Jean Bousquet.
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“We wanted a show with a newness, a new direction of the next 50 years with us as a starting point, and also to celebrate and embrace the need and desire for the vintage aspect of the fashion world, so they can live in harmony,” Eley told reporters after the show.
Bousquet, the son of a sewing machine salesman, said he created his first look for Cacharel in 1958, although he founded the company officially only in 1962.
“It really started during the revolution of the 1960s,” he told The Associated Press. “It was a street movement, it was about girls going to the flea market, dressing up and wanting things to change.”
Since then, Cacharel has expanded into an international perfume powerhouse, with hit fragrances including Anaïs Anaïs, Loulou, Eden, Noa and Amor Amor.
Eley Kishimoto stayed faithful to the label’s reputation for girlish romance with loose flapper-style chiffon dresses that came in cream-and-gold stripes, or in pale pink silk accented with crochet camellias at the waist.
Meanwhile, a zingy orange cotton trouser suit combining wide-legged pants with a cropped jacket was perfect for fashion-forward career girls.