Runway Report: Chloe SS17

Since joining the house in 2011, Chloé’s creative director Clare Waight Keller has gone from strength to strength. After five years living in Paris, the designer took her family back home to England and it showed in her SS17 collection. “It’s been interesting coming back and actually having a perspective on Paris, rather than being in it all the time,” she said. “I think that was part of my reason for shifting things and making it much more tailored, much more chic. And that Parisian look of crisp colors with the idea of an underlying sexiness – the tailoring is sharp, but sexy.”

There was a nautical note to the collection with cords, naval flag motifs, collared blouses and pants which were modeled on sailor’s uniforms, flanked by buttons at the waist and super-full all the way through the calves, where they were cinched above the ankles. Yet according to her program notes, Waight Keller’s primary intention wasn’t to celebrate sailor style as such, but to capture “the effortless simplicity of French style” via “a play of boyish attitude and romantic details.”

Also added to the mix was a range of fluid and pleated sheer dresses, 70s wallpaper florals, giant bows, appliqué lace, and an overall softness that really sums up the label.

The color palette was paired right back. “I used a lot of the classic French colors: navy, cream, black and white, for freshness,” the designer noted. Overall, it was a darker, more sober summer collection, much of which was very chic.

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