Spring 2013 Paris Fashion Week: Chloé

– By Sarah Leigh Wade – 

In subtle celebration of Chloé’s 60th anniversary, Clare Waight Keller remains on her charge of creating disciplined clothing with the label’s signature nonchalance and clean, feminine fluidity.

Spring/summer 13 not only saw Waight Keller’s perhaps most sharp collection yet, but also the the Judith Clark-curated retrospective “Chloé: Attitudes” open at the Palais de Tokyo. Marking the special occasion, the Attitudes show celebrates the infamous fashion house’s journey with nine key designers from 1952 to today: founder Gaby Aghion, Gérard Pipart, Maxime de La Falaise, Karl Lagerfeld, Martine Sitbon, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, Hannah MacGibbon and Clare Waight Keller. Showing the very best of Chloé, this season too Clare turned to the archives for inspiration with a pink pleated tulle dress shown towards the finale, its counterpart a 1980’s Lagerfeld creation. Evocative of founder Gaby’s mantra that Chloé is as much a lifestyle as a brand, Clare encapsulated a theme that absolutely covered the day-to-day to something a little more special.

Boxy A-line shapes were in abundance, minimalist swing tops combined with simple skirts, sleeves flaring out. Oversized frills were a focal point, appearing on roomy white frocks, blush pink asymmetric dresses and textural cropped knits. A core monochrome palette was enhanced by bold block accents of subtle pink, bronze, tan and burnt orange.
Later, as bold floral prints developed, so too did a slight oriental silhouette, applied to tailored lounge wear – outsize t-shirt shapes and Bermuda shorts in an iridescent finish were a highlight, styled with metallic killer heels and simple under-layers. A lounge wear aesthetic was further emphasised with a robe-like top tucked in to straight shorts and luxurious tanks featuring throughout.
Homage must be paid to Waight Keller’s striking proportion play and the precision of the collection. Origami pleats form frills and tiers while unusual nips and tucks created almost organic shapes in tailoring. Laser cutting on all-white outfits with sheer panelling added a geometric form to the otherwise soft ensembles.
As the collection progressed further, frills became whimsical, pleated tulle appearing and decorating the simplest of shapes. Candied tones were applied to frilled, tiered tops and knee-length dresses, almost 1970s inspired with familiar gold edging. Looking at the brand’s heritage, a befitting nostalgia closed the collection, showing what Chloé does best, presenting contrasts in the most appealing form.
Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW
Photos courtesy of Elle.com

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Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Bunting is a seasoned editor and marketer, having worked with some of the world's biggest fashion and interior brands and retailers. In 2012 Sarah-Leigh co-founded What Peggy Did Next (http://www.whatpeggydidnext.co.uk/), an event and communications agency based in the UK. You can follow Sarah on... Instagram - @sarah_leigh_b Twitter - sarah_leigh_b Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SarahLeighsStyleFiles/