There is possibly nothing better at evoking a chic, boho '70s vibe than a medley of Stevie Nicks hits. So when her raspy voice began to sing "Rhiannon," the direction of the fall/winter 2015 Chloé collection was almost a foregone conclusion even before the first model made it all the way around the circuitous runway.
Creative director Clare Waight Keller continues to keep her sartorial feet firmly planted on the ground. Her mission to make smart, feminine fashion that needs no tweaking to take on the real world. This season, more than ever before, she really did have pretty much something for everyone.
The long, military guard coats with their slightly raised and rounded shoulders were a nice update on a wardrobe classic. The reworking of a négligée to make an A-line, babydoll dress was charming, and another roomy one cut in suede and trimmed in lace was both sweet and strong. There were also covetable easy suits, some on-trend patchwork ponchos and some flowing, folky flower print dresses worn with velvet vests that would be right up the ally of any Nicks wannabes.
As wearable as this collection was, there were also more editorial pieces that should keep fashion stylists happy. The blush pink sleeveless corduroy suit vest jumpsuit for one thing and the final velvet patchwork dress for another will get some heavy rotation in the press office.
This was a smart and savvy show that captured the spirit of the '70s without letting it overpower the collection.