Hot on the heels of the Celine show where Phoebe Philo lightened up her strata of strictness but still retained an ultra level of severity with the emphasis a tad to much on the contrived, the vastly underrated Clare Waight Keller seems to go swimmingly with the flow in a natural order at Chloe.
Waight Keller seems to effortlessly capture the mood and feel of the moment: a Bohemian free spirit hippie 70s sensibility, and merge this with the floaty, feminine aesthetics of the house, making this one of the stand out shows of the AW15 season.
Just as at Burberry where Christopher Bailey managed to combine a brand sensibility with the best of Californian hippie chic, Waight Keller’s gentle touch won out. She gave us long, trailing narrow scarves, over-long drop chiffon sleeves with trailing ties that swished and moved with the body. Then more billowing swathes of chiffon silk maxis & kaftans, lace-edged silk skirts, long narrow pea coats and an entirely Stevie Nicks & Linda McCartney ‘70s ode to the ultra feminine rock star who knows how to make an entrance.
It was ever-so-simple touches that made the show, From the deep V cuts on silk tops, the lace trims on skirts & dresses and the layered frill, drop-waist maxis that all spelled simply sensational. They flowed. Completely. This was an ode to the best of the best in ‘70s styling with deft touches that showed just how accomplished a designer Waight Keller is. It was the original Chloe, Ossie Clark and Thea Porter all rolled in one. Who could ask for more?
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