Chloé Fall 2016: Dance of Desire
The French fashion house brings a dance-inspired fall collection with a surfeit of flowing grace.
“My fall collection is influenced by the athletic nature of dance, and a sense of fluidity and movement,” explained Clare Waight Keller. She’s been the creative director at the French fashion house Chloé since 2011, and she’s helped to keep the brand’s vision of women’s clothing – wearability, luxuriance, airiness, flow – on the straight and narrow. Even now, just coming off summer’s Sun 2016 collection, for Fall 2016, she’s still holding to that course.
Yet, beyond the flowing lines, effortless feel, and sense of grace, Keller’s also found a way to anchor it down with a playful sense of contrast. Breezy dresses and vibrant ephemera (kilim carpet jacquards, velvet, and mosaic floral silks) are pushed up against touches like washed denim or track pants. Silhouettes follow from every stage of a dance – from studio warm-ups to onstage performances.
In terms of colors, rustic, earthy tones of terracotta, ocher, burgundy and chocolate brown are matched with lighter shades of grey and blue. An equally scattered sense of playfulness works its way into the accessories: two-tone fold-down boots, wedges with shearling detail, and the iconic “Drew” and “Faye” handbags decorated with geometric patchworks of suede and python. The whole collection emanates an easy slackness.
All this makes for a collection marked by feminine and completely trans-seasonal apparel. Fall’s Chloé Girl is the look that’s hard to beat.