For her last show for Chloé, beloved designer Clare Waight Keller wanted to leave her audience with a sense of optimism and a wardobe full of styles that are now a Chloé signature: Seventies ease, fun prints, sweet femininity, a smidgeon of sexiness.
The runway was jam-packed with Waight Keller’s favourite tropes that, during her tenure, have found a multi-generational fanbase. Case in point: Solange Knowles was seat-mates with Isabel Huppert who recently wore Chloé to pick up an Independent Spirit award. Looks like gently-tailored trousers and blazers, printed bow blouses and graphic sweaters never go out of style.
Waight Keller hinted at “psychedelic optimism” for her Chloé girls, inspired by the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine,” but instead of showing the usual swirl of hippie fare, punchy colour showed up in floaty chiffon gowns and minis in beautiful bright colours, oversized sweaters with contrast stripes and sporty shearling pullovers and track pants with graphic prints.
T-and ankle-strap shoes will be so easy to digest at retail, as will the small days. Everything seemed to jive nicely for this last hurrah, from the parade of minidresses in lace or whimsical prints (fungi never looked so good off-plate) and blouses with exaggerated collars to the lumberjack plaid toppers.
Waight Keller ended on a sweet, youthful, wistful note – a mini dress printed with stars and the profile of two women. It’s been a lovely ride these last six years, and the collection certainly felt nostalgic more for the work she’s done than for the ’60s and ’70s styles she loves. Until Waight Keller announces her future plans, her adoring fans will have Fall 2017 to keep them cozy.
By Nandini D’Souza Wolfe
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US