Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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Sep 28, 2017
Paris: The invitation to Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s first presentation for Chloe came in a little matchbox, filled with Yonic Tarot symbols, the meaning – “A fusion of the forces of nature, symbols of fertility, goddesses and ‘virago women” although virago may not necessarily fit the description of this youthful collection; it resonated more about the spiritual and effortless chic that this new creative director embodies.
The show opened with two pretty dresses, the bodices of which were delicately embroidered and pierced with metallic rings. Is this the idea of Virago? Now I get it! The dichotomy of opposites worked perfectly, such as the long fluid tunic in ‘earth’ tones worn over the cropped brown trousers or the leather jacket, deep brown, a perfect accompaniment to the sweet flounced mini dress – Ramsay-Levi commissioned an Indian artist to decorate them with folklore ‘tree of life’ symbols rendering every dress unique. Natacha also focused on the rich ideas that ran through the House of Chloe – 60s to 70s and 90s, seen in many of the tailored items – topstitched waistcoats, tailored suits worn over a delicately ruffled blouse, the long leather coat, cut simply or slim velvet suits.
Dresses and blouses came in floaty versions, panelled and covered in sparkling sequins, providing maximum impact. As Ramsay-Levi said “Every woman can recognise herself with Chloé. You can really take it and make it personal.” That just about sums up a truly amazing show. – Lizzy Bowring
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