Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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New York: This is Claire Waight Keller’s sixth collection for Chloé, so she is still relatively new at the label. Her elegant S/S 13 collection was a hit and her best effort for the house to date, and it seems as if Pre-Fall will be another success. For her current offering, the designer drew from her English heritage, borrowing elements from Swinging London during the 60s and mixing them with Chloé’s sophisticated French attitude. There were precise A-line skirts, collarless coats, and cropped pants, which connected with the collection’s British side. Wide-lapelled blazers, romantic blouses, and a pair of dresses with coquettish dropped ruffles were pure Paris. The palette – a quirky mix of soothing pastels punctuated with hits of red, lemon, and rust – enhanced the offering’s appeal. Waight Keller wisely provided her clients with a diverse range of pieces that will take them from the office to the opera, and the mix of English eccentricity and French elegance made the collection unique and desirable.–Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Flared / Rounded / Long layers / Boxy / Dropped waist / Asymmetrical
Color: Cream / Black / Mint / Red / Charcoal / Nude / Rust / Mustard / Lemon / Pastel pink / Raisin / Whitened chartreuse
Key Items: A-line skirts / Rounded coats / Printed dresses / Slim cropped pants / Wide-lapelled jacket
Materials: Printed silks / Bonded leather / Chunky tweed / Marled yarns / Matte suitings / Spongy wool / Guipure lace / Charmeuse / Plush fur / Double-faced silks / Cloqué
Print + Pattern: Abstract splotches / Color blocking
Details + Trim: Rounded shoulders / Contrast collars and cuffs / Wide lapels / Lace overlays / Accordion pleats / Tiers / Dropped flounces / Rolled collars
Accessories + Footwear: Chunky gold rings / Medium-width leather belts / Skinny gold clasp belts / Fur and leather frame bags / Color blocked duffels / Top handle bags / Ribbed socks / Two-tone slingbacks / Pointy-toe pumps
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