Chloé: Ready-to-Wear AW18
Test one, two. Chloé is in the building. The Maison de la Radio building. Natacha Ramsay-Levi was getting a signal. “Of course there is no fashion that can be without reflecting the zeitgest, current events, current fashion,” she said on Instagram before the show. This was about understanding a woman’s ‘allure.’ Gritty feminine clothing for strong women. Hard hitting. Golden medallions hung from necks, already winning. Classic Chloé in deep necklines plunged, belted. Branded tights were right on the money and dissections of skin were on show as shoulders were slashed and cropped turtle necks sat high.
Chocolate browns and raw earthy reds were the uniform, some might consider this tame but really, the most adventurous most women’s wardrobes will get (and also the colour codes of the audience, might we add). It veered between oh so pretty and into something a bit more 1970’s. This girl was grown up. She wears the pants. Quite literally, loose tailored pants cuffed under leather boots. Floral jumpsuits flared and goats hair fringing swayed. A total sense of earned freedom in flowing handkerchief hems and certainty in the sturdiness of it all. Natacha is finding her feet and it feels good. David Bowie played through the finale, “We’re like creatures of the wind, and wild is the wind.” The Chloé girl is drifting gently but ever fast. Go forth.
Photographs by Jason Lloyd Evans