A sad event preceded the Chloé show for Spring/Summer 2015, with the news that house founder Gaby Aghion had died at the age of 93 only the day before. The show began with a dedication to Aghion, the pioneer of prêt-à-porter who was a key player in the success of the French fashion industry. Today, it is Clare Waight Keller who bears the brand forward into the modern era, and she is fortunately blessed with Aghion’s same ability for capturing the effortless attitude of Parisian style.
The spring collection began with a crochet-ornamented dress in a dainty fabric, a splendidly youthful take on spring’s bohemian trend. Wispy slip dresses were quickly followed by weightier looks, like button-front frocks and slouchy denim jumpsuits. As the show progressed, Keller bounced back and forth between breezy looks and sturdier tweed or suede separates – surprising fabric choices for summer. Blouses were presented with billowing, enormous sleeves, and the short hemlines soon gave way to goddess gowns, which were more impactful, particularly when embellished with leather leaves. Lace, ruffles, and chain detailing all added more dimension and detail to the airy presentation, and Keller’s lovely vision for spring made the best of bohemian trends by saturating them with stunning craftwork. Something tells us the late Aghion would have fully approved of this collection.
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