"Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life."
After searing through the motorcycle expedition across the wilderness with Anne-France Dautheville, it’s time to “bring it back to the city”, as the creative director Clare Waight Keller said, and obviously, it is back to the city of light and love. The sensual and muffled vocals of Yves Tumor filled the hall, and a girl in a crisp-white corset-like top and black trousers high on the waist, ballooning above the ankle strode down the runway just as she would on Rue Saint Honoré, hands in the button-rimmed pockets.
More Chloé girls in black and white followed, one in voluminous-sleeved blouses and tailored shorts tied by dangling thin bow straps, another one in multi-pocketed short tracksuit and all of them in neutral colours of simple strap heels.
A breeze seared through as the floating of the white sheer pleated maxi dress with a sailor’s bib style front and black accents at the bottom created the illusion of the very moment an inkdrop hits the clear fluid, visualising different shades of black. Besides classic French hues like navy, beige, black and white, Pantone’s 2017 spring fashion colour “Pale Dogwood” and “Promise Yellow” also made it into Waight Keller’s feminine and romantic colour palette. The soft petal pink shade was seen on the tunic dress with chunky bows tied on the shoulders, and the warm saturated yellow welcomed attention as the lace-defined frocks swayed its way down the catwalk.
While all the frills and breezy skirts gave us 2005 Phoebe Philo nostalgia, another highlight of the “urban in innocence” scene is the 1970s wallpaper floral patterns that is the essence of the maison. Print it on the tiered one-shoulder and pair it with the Faye backpack or the half-moon bag with a gold hoop handle, and Chloé’s take on hippy chic draws the curtain.
“One morning, I woke up thinking, ‘I will make a little collection of charming dresses in very pretty colours that women will fancy.’” Gaby Aghion recalled in the 2013 book Cholé: Attitudes. Sixty-four years later, Britain-born Clare Waight Keller re-realised the brand founder’s little idea with her interpretation of the flou and Parisian femininity that is exclusively Chloé.
(Photo resource: vogue.com)
Meg is a full-time fashion journalism student at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She moved to London at the age of 18 to pursue her dreams of becoming a writer.