Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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Paris: Although it didn’t break any new ground, creative director Clare Waight Keller’s debut Chloe collection was graceful, and seemed to seamlessly pick up where her predecessor Hannah MacGibbon left off earlier this year. As a starting point, Keller looked to what has worked for the house in the past, like delicate fabrics, cosmetic shades and boyish shapes, then offered multiple variations of each concept. Newness came from subtle tweaks in silhouette, such as deepened necklines and narrowed shoulder seams, and of-the-moment add-ons, like overskirt attachments. –Whitney Kessler
Silhouette: Trapeze / Drop-waisted / Tailored but fluid
Color: Cream and bright white / Peachy cosmetic shades / Camel / Teal / Navy / Guava / Strawberry / Burnt orange / Ruby
Key Items: Tent dress / Flapper frock / Blouson jacket / Carpenter pant / White button-front / Fluid trouser / Gaucho pant with overskirt attachment / Mini-short
Materials: Cotton shirtings / Crocheted sweater knits / Silk satin, chiffon and crepe / Leather / Linen
Print + Pattern: Hyperreal orchid motifs / Stripes and checks
Details + Trim: Accordion pleats and pintucks / Eyelets and latticework / Covered plackets / Contrast sleeves / Embroidery / Snaps / Banded collars / Plunging necklines and backs / Patch pockets / Pieced constructions / Raglan sleeves / Spagetti straps / Piping / Overskirt details
Accessories + Footwear: Boxy clutches and shoulder bags / Peep-toed sling-backs / Loafer booties / Modern mules / Sturdy leather belts
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