Cacharel has tapped Ling Liu and Dawei Sun, the designers behind the relatively unknown French label Belle Ninon, to replace artistic director Cédric Charlier, whose contract has not been renewed. Charlier's dismissal was met with widespread surprise from the industry as well as opposition from within the company (Massimo Ferretti, executive chairman of Cacharel’s licensee, Aeffe SpA, was said to have strongly disagreed with the decision when it was announced in March). Charlier's work for Cacharel was met with critical acclaim, and he is credited with leading a massive turnaround plan to revive the house's lagging reputation, including a relaunch of the womens' ready-to-wear line and its return to Paris Fashion Week.
Liu and Sun, both Chinese, met when they were both students at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris. Prior to partnering up, Liu worked for Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, and Sun worked for Lolita Lempicka, Balenciaga, and John Galliano. They'll present their first womenswear collection for Cacharel at Paris Fashion Week in October.