Chloé: Ready-to-wear SS17
“It’s kind of an innocent sexiness,” Clare Waight Keller told us backstage after the Chloé Spring Summer 2017 show. The perfect summation of the collection. The Chloé girl usually feels as though she is in a state of wanderlust, looking for escapism. This season, she strolled with ease, in control, no desire to escape as she was right where she needed to be. “For me it was a lot more Parisian, French roots. I took the palette back to navy blues, black, creme and white. The basics. And then building on that with the Chloé blush tones, the foundation colours. And then these strange pops of off neon, and a weird yellow and a blood red. The idea was things were taken to a much more defined silhouette.” This new defined silhouette focused on the waist, with volume billowing in the pants. A boyish look. “I was trying to define a new silhouette of tailoring… workwear inspired in a way.” So the Chloe girl was getting down to business. It was classic and soft with sporty vibes in “peekaboo tyings,” a much chicer word for drawstrings, thanks Clare. A sense of playful naivety resonated in ’70s nostalgic floral prints. “The shapes are very clean and simple, but the simplicity makes it stronger,” Clare said. True that. There was strength in the way the Chloé girl held herself. She’s feeling good. We want to be her friend.
Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans