What’s in a name? Plenty of latent information is packed into a given moniker, from subconscious associations and symbolic meaning to etymological connections. The name Chloé instantly conjures up images of gamine and graceful girls, imbued with the effortless style of good breeding. At the French house bearing the same name, designer Clare Waight Keller threw out an elite pack of references to distinguish the mood of her insouciant, charming collection for Spring/Summer 2016: Kate, Chloé, Cecilia, Corinne, Rosemary, Emma, and Courtney (a.k.a. Moss, Sevigny, Chancellor, Day, Ferguson, Balfour, and Love of the 90s bratpack) were literally name-checked in homage to the show’s overriding cool-girl influence.
The perpetual summer that this bevy of beauties inhabited was spun through a rainbow filter of track coordinates, louche suiting, and lace-stitched camisoles, which presented a new, youthful direction for the brand. Opening looks leaned into the “athleisure” trend, with combinations like color-blocked varsity jackets and tanks paired with floral-printed maxi skirts and palazzo pants, respectively. A delicate, feminine aesthetic took over from there, as lacy camisoles, beguiling, breezy peasant smocks, sleeveless paisley silk jumpsuits, diaphanous, knife-pleated maxi dresses, and harem pants swooshed down the runway, fluttering with a frenzy of drawstrings, tassels, corded halternecks, and tiers of rainbow-striped ruffles. It was hard not to develop an instant crush on Chloé — the girl and the brand. Gauzy, easeful fabrics and an optimistic palette were turned into some of the season’s most fetching looks, but although it referenced the 90s it didn’t feel like it traded too heavily in trends. Of note is the etymological root of the name Chloé, which is Greek in origin and means “fresh blooming” — as in flowers, femininity, and new growth. In regards to this deliciously appealing collection, we have to say: How perfectly syncopated is that?
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