May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: Designer Clare Waight Keller bid a fond farewell to Paris with her final A/W 2017 collection for Chloe.
Waight Keller, over her 6-year tenure, has built a charming picture of the Chloe girl that is akin to Marianne Faithful type icons.
The floaty long dresses that are the leitmotif each season and often resplendent in flowing chiffon were noticeably missing, but in their place were sweet little dresses that bore references to 60s and 70s, and looking like they belonged to Chloe’s younger sister. Each silhouette was equally lovely and charming, exuding a youthful feminine appeal save for the strong shouldered tailored jackets. Even the new trousers were in keeping with the season’s tailoring, sartorially pleated with low slung hips yet worn with beautifully cut lace blouses.
Waight Keller described her collection as “Psychedelic optimism….the Chloé girl escaping down the rabbit hole….I wanted that feeling of escapism – in a way with the Yellow Submarine – finding different dreamscapes and wonderlands,” Perhaps this was a fitting description for her own onward journey through the futuristic looking glass.– Lizzy Bowring
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