Paris Fashion Week Report: Chloé
I am totally in love with Chloés Fall '12 collection, showcased yesterday afternoon in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries. Creative director Clare Waight Keller, who took over from Hannah MacGibbon last May, delivered a collection with that gorgeous sense of effortless feminity and vivacious sophistication that the brand is renowned for. What I love about the brand, is how the clothes are super-girly yet there is a playful edge- a slight boyish charm- this time represented by the rocky music the girls walked to, the structured coats and take on sports luxe.
The clothes were soft and slouchy with lots of finely cut, straight lines, giving a polished feel, and they came in dainty hues of lemon, pastel pink, nectarine and egg-shell blue. The sugary colours of spring are definitely being taken through to fall- something I am very happy about, as being a pastel lover, I wear these sorts of colours all year round anyway! Wine red, warm butterscotch and even a dose of multi-colour in the form of a thick jumper were also added to the appealing colour palette. The clothes themselves varied from silky blouses and drop-waist skirts and dresses to curved coats and jogging style bottoms- all of which exuded the breezy attitude of the Chloé girl. The girls looked radiant with their dewy skin and tousled hair, obviously styled naturally to show off the artistry of the clothes.
The collection was split into girlish pieces and stronger, structured designs in the form of outerwear. Gathered skirts, tailored trousers and lace embossed and flower appliqued tops and dresses catered for the ultra-girly Chloé girl, while voluminous, military-esque parka coats offered another appeal. The sportswear influence came from Waight Keller's own experience as a Brit in Paris- she explained that her aim was to mix the 'casual vibe of English sportswear with the dressier sensibilty of the French'. This formed the concept of pairing red knit sweatpants with cuffed bottoms with a bell-sleeve appliquéd blouse, a shiny sports luxe style skirt with an elasticated hem with a shirt and fitted blazer and a quilted midi skirt with a floral embroidered sweater. High necked knits in inviting neutrals were a reoccuring piece and a strength of the collection- hardly surprisingly as Waight Keller previously worked as Creative Director at Pringle of Scotland. My other favourite pieces were the fabulously cosy-looking, peach duffel coat trimmed in camel that opened the show, a turquoise bomber jacket made of luxe wool and with a statement collar, and a breath-takingly beautiful cream lace coat.