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Chloe Continues To Rule The Runway

Sophie Elkus |
October 12, 2011 | 4:47 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

A look from Chloe's Spring 2012 collection (image via Style.com)
A look from Chloe's Spring 2012 collection (image via Style.com)

The French design house Chloe creates lustworthy looks for a woman of elegant classicism with a flair for modern yet tasteful trends. The designer’s past year was especially successful after its fall and winter offering of perfectly cut lines and a vibrant spring and summer show to follow up. After these two successes, the label shows no sign of slowing its endless appeal. 

Chloe’s fall and winter collection of minimalistic, soft-toned and crisply cut designs were a home run during the Parisian shows. The French brand churned out a line of ballerina-chic dresses and skirts made of sheer gauze, often draped and wrapped across the bodice in a manner reminiscent of regal Grecian robes. Models were surreal in dewy cheeks and slicked back hair, a look that complimented the goddess-inspired clothes seemingly created while listening to a musical menu of Tchaikovsky and Debussy. The intricate details and immaculate cuts of the designs made the collection seem deliberately premeditated, yet the way they draped across the body so effortlessly and gracefully projected a carefree vibe that only a design house up to par with Chloe could execute. 

Tones of white, nude, pale yellow and rose offered a palette of classic colors that still seemed fresh, evoking thoughts of a delicate floral garden. The carefully placed bow and added an innocent feminine touch to many looks, and models often wore sandals to avoid distracting from the clothes. An occasional red ballet flat offered an unexpected touch of color. Tailored coats and outerwear in luxurious winter fabrics added a note of sincerity to an otherwise whimsical offering of designs, as did the sparse touch of leather. Even a black leather top, a piece that could prove challenging to some, was no match of difficulty for the expertise of Chloe when paired with a high waisted and carefully cut skirt. The combination read as soft and feminine yet powerful in its modernity, perhaps the essence of the label itself.

Chloe continued to awe audiences with its next season during the recent spring and summer ready-to-wear shows in Paris, offering of equally enticing designs for the high-fashion minded. This season was a chic combination of accordian pleats, dainty lace touches and Versace-esque floral prints to outfit the most exquisite Parisian woman of class, dignity and style. Geometric angles were put to use with the many flowing dresses that sported sun-like rays, and feminine chiffon skirts were grounded with thick leather belts. The palette of spring sorbet tones was reminiscent of a bowl of crème glacés, perhaps eaten during a stroll down the Champs-Elysees in a billowy pair of jade pants. Distinctly Chloe were the sweet details of ruffle and lace upon blouses and the signature French collars at the neck of models like of-the-moment Arizona Muse. The models’ hair and makeup looks were kept natural and soft, and hair was worn down with center parts that were both simple but glamorous. The collection’s offerings of skirts, short suits and dresses represented the line that continues to awe an audience with effortlessly chic designs for a woman who didn’t try too hard, yet radiates a natural sweetness and confidence that is truly Parisian.

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