3 hours ago | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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FEMME WITHOUT THE FUSS
Paris: Clare Waight Keller has done a lot to revive and hone the Chloé brand in the past few seasons, working on establishing a balance between girly ruffles and more directional structured must-haves. F/W 13 saw that dichotomy come into play more than ever with grown-up, yet sweet pieces that looked serious without losing their innocence. Key items included Keller’s fantastically chic capes, apron dresses toughened up with straps, buckles and harnesses and pencil skirts cut soft and round. Schoolgirl and utility references ran throughout the presentation, via pleats and contrast collars as well as epaulettes, cargo pockets and zippers, while sturdy materials like felted wool, tweed and shearling kept a luxurious weight in play. Keller went in an unusually minimal direction for evening, a decision which paid off with low key sheaths topped by an openwork metal dress—unfussy romance at its best. —Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Slim / A-line / Soft
Color: Clay / Black / Cobalt / White / Navy / Reddish cinnamon / Jersey grey / Glacial blue / Seafoam green / Charcoal / Camel / Cream / Gold / Cherry red
Key Items: Capes / Jumpsuits / Pinafore dresses / Softly round pencil skirts / Cotton blouses with elongated sleeves / Tulle blouses with contrast collars / A-line skirts with zippered slits / Wool anoraks / Architectural knit turtleneck tops / Sheath dresses / Tapered trousers / Pleated shorts / Woven metal evening sheaths
Materials: Tulle / Felted wool / Tweed / Shearling / Crisp cotton / Leather / Suede / Silk / Velvet
Print + Pattern: Polka dots / Stripes / Abstract animal prints
Details + Trim: Straps / Pleating / Zippers / Elongated sleeves / Snaps / Contrast collars / Epaulettes / Ruffles / Velvet panels / Buckles / Roll necks / Jewels / Round brass buttons
Accessories + Footwear: Slouchy satchel bags with wide straps / Round toe ankle boots / High-heeled oxfords / Slim shoulder bags / Flat bottomed weekend bags / Snakeskin embossed bowling bags / Sturdy utility belts / Zippered clutches
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