Cacharel capture the essence of spring

THOMAS ADAMSON AP Fashion Writer Published:

PARIS (AP) -- Cacharel perfectly captured the fresh mood of spring, in a feminine collection -- typical of the popular French house -- that brought aquatic life to the catwalk.

Free hanging A-line slip dress and gently flaring peplums and skirts Saturday, floated alongside prints of goldfish skin, anemones and underwater tea flower bloom.

This spring-summer 2013 collection was also a celebration of the natural world in its careful palette the Cerulean blue of sky, orange of sea coral and tea green.

But perhaps nature is in the house DNA: After all, designer Jean Bousquet who founded the house in 1962, named it after a small, beautifully striped dabbling duck with the same name.

Today's designers Ling Liu and Dawei Sun keep these codes, therefore, adding this season a touch of contemporary graphic prints.

In the program notes, they liken their collection to a small girl, whose vivid imagination plays games of hide and seek.

It's a nice way of explaining the plays of transparency with the sheer fabrics in chiffon.

The gentle blurring made this collection a visual treat.

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