Printed, feminine French brand, Cacharel, have announced the appointment of Chinese design duo, Ling Liu and Dawei Sun, as creative directors for all collections: womenswear, childrenswear, menswear and accessories. Congratulations to both of them! The previous designer, Cédric Charlier, carried on from where Brit duo Eley Kishimoto left off, so it’s been a bit of a revolving door at the Cacharel HQ of late, but it has continually carried on turning out the luxury, girly designs that are the signature of the house founded in the ‘60’s by Jean Bousquet. Through its various incarnations, it’s been best known between times for its perfume portfolio, including Anaïs Anaïs which was launched in 1978. It was followed by Loulou, Eden, Loulou Blue, Eau d'Eden, Noa, Nemo, Gloria, Amor Amor,Amor Amor Eau Fraiche, Noa Fleur, Noa Perle, Promesse as well as its masculine fragrances.
The A/W '11 collection, designed by the previous creative director, Cédric Charlie
Ling Liu and Dawei have both had prestigious beginnings into the French and international fashion world. They both learned their trade at the prestigious college L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, where they first met. They have a number of prestigious prizes to their name, together with work experience at the studios and workshops of the top Paris Couture houses.
Thirty-two year old Ling scooped the "Grand Prix du Trophées Saint Roch" in 2005 and started her career in Nicolas Ghesquière's team at the Balenciaga studio, then worked for Yves Saint Laurent, at Stefano Pilati's womenswear design studio and subsequently the menswear studio.
Twenty-nine-year old Dawei's talents were spotted when he won the 2004 Grand Prize in the "Young Fashion Designers" competition and the "PFAFF Creative prize". His professional career led him to work for Lolita Lempicka's design studio, then Balenciaga, and finally John Galliano's workshop and studio for more than 5 years – between them they’ve worked for nearly all the brands at the top of the fashion tree, so nobody can say they aren’t well-connected!
Together they produce collections for the Belle Ninon brand, (above) which they founded in 2009, which focuses on chic outerwear and sharply tailored pieces in an unfussy silhouette. We are intrigued to see what the pair come up with for their first season at Cacharel in Paris next season!
- Naomi Attwood