Chloé Spring/Summer '13
|All runways photographs courtesy of Fashionologie.com|
The label is currently in the limelight for celebrating its impressive sixty year anniversary and so for this season Waight Keller looked to the core of the brand for her inspiration; in its founder Gaby Aghion. This inspiration was specifically about Aghion's mantra: "I lived the life I wanted." Founded in 1952, Chloé has always been miles ahead in producing ready-to-wear fashion and this collection really represents what Chloé is about; strong feminine clothes that are easy to "pull-on and go". With the launch of the fashion house's 60-year retrospective exhibition; Chloé.ATTITUDES at the Palais de Tokyo last weekend, yesterday's show has been hotly-anticipated and Waight Keller was fully aware of the high expectations. Easy to wear was exactly what she delivered, and it seems the brand's 60 year reign has encouraged her to show a slight rebelliousness and overconfidence- and why not?!- with lots of structure and volume. The traditional, ultra-feminine diaphonous materials mixed with points and peplums to-die-for made for a beautiful catwalk debut. Waight Keller elaborated after the show: "I wanted a feminine spirit, but sharp...So we cut the ripples in the material, like a knife."
The colour palette tipped slightly from nudes and neutrals to a couple of navys and browns, and a dash of mustard on a gorgeous pair of flower-appliqued-on-one-leg trousers was a pleasant surprise. Most pieces stuck to a simple one colour aside from the oversized floral print on bermuda-type shorts and matching tees- those I was not so keen on as they looked like camouflage from a distance, though they will of course work for some. The soft lilacs and shimmery blush pinks that dominated flirty frocks and came in organza silks and delicate waves seemed to pay homage to last year's texture-filled under-the sea trend in conjuring up images of floating coral and jellyfish.
As the show came to a close, the audience was stunned with a sea of flouncy chiffon blouses and dresses all embellished with lines of gold sequins that subtly caught the light. Verdict = adore.
|A triumphant Clare Waight Keller (Photo courtesy of Zimbio.com)|
Watch the full Chloé show here:
The Chloé Alphabet: Check out this cute digital archive celebrating the fashion houses' 60th anniversary- click on each interactive letter to view original films, documentaries, archive imagery, music and past advertising that will show you the story of Chloé. http://www.chloe.com/alphabet/