Ahhh the je ne sais quoi cool of the Parisian woman. That indefinably nonchalance of an ensemble that they can whip up which looks put together as if without a thought in the world, and yet always looks très très chic. She is the woman that the Chloe brand was built around. And today it’s the British born designer Clare Waight Keller who has the tricky task of capturing that particular style and defining what it will look like in the future.
Apparently the designer thinks it’s time to drop the innocent act, well just a bit, and go for something a bit more seductive and opulent in nature. But instead of taking the more typical route of crafting a collection that’s shorter and more form fitting Waight Keller went in the opposite direction.
This was a show all about slouchy sensuality. Where waffle textured silk pants or roomy shorts came with flowing crepe tops, with a deep V neck or a voluminous feather light knit top. Dresses were of the pleated variety to start out. But the designer set them horizontally on the skirts so when the models walked they bounced cheerfully about.
As this collection was about a relaxed and languid sort of sartorial seduction it was left to the little details to give the clothing some focus. The use of elastic paper bag waists on trousers, the concave appeal of cloqué silk and a golden star print on a peaked shoulder jacket, or shorts finished with sexy/cute ties on the sides, all hit the laid back mark.
The only part of this show that felt out of step with the rest of this sunny collection were a series of three open work lace dresses (or were they macramé) that had a sharpness to them that went against the grain of this soothing show.