Spring/Summer 2017 is one of the most enticing examples of Chloé’s French heritage in recent memory.
Distance has benefited designer Clare Waight Keller, who, after five years in Paris, has relocated her family back to her native home of England. In the case of any artist who has spent too long in the thick of things to see what was missing, Keller has found new inspiration and perspective on Parisian style by getting physical distance from it. In taking a step back, she has rediscovered the je nais se quoi that is oh-so-difficult to capture in sartorial form, making her Spring/Summer 2017 collection one of the most enticing examples of Chloé’s French heritage in recent memory.
Keller has enjoyed tremendous momentum in recent seasons by building on a theme of breezy, bohemian, vividly striped dresses, and luxurious leisurewear.
The flou of the house is its calling card, and Keller has enjoyed tremendous momentum in recent seasons by building on a theme of breezy, bohemian, vividly striped dresses, and luxurious leisurewear. While this collection runs along the same lines and is instantly recognizable as “Chloé”, it has simultaneously turned the corner on more grown-up styles that effortlessly blend the maritime mood of the French Riviera and the seaside charm of a British village.
The show began with a familiar cast of characters: the athlete in her oversized, sloping hoodies and athleisure separates, the bohemian goddess in her filmy, striped gowns and pom pom-trimmed frocks, and the doyenne in her gorgeous macramé and eyelet lace dresses. Keller then tapped a new vein by dressing up these looks with sailor inspiration, like breezy Breton stripes and nautical buttons. From there, she explored new territory in the form of smart, unfussy workwear, displaying a truly wonderful array of pant suits in shots of cream and navy, and also introduced a new “It” bag in a half-moon shape trimmed with delicate stud details and a gold wristlet handle. Vibrant street-style stars and professional working women will find plenty to admire in this collection in equal measure.