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Azzaro Releases Castello Branco October 25th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM

Revenue Soars 22 Percent at LVMH in First Three Quarters October 16th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM

Rykiel Names Geraldo da Conceicao Artistic Director September 21st, 2012 @ 8:12 PM

Brazil’s New London Pop-Up September 21st, 2012 @ 7:20 PM

McQueen Men Returning Home to London September 12th, 2012 @ 7:19 PM

Roitfeld, Mum and Son, Open in Brazil September 07th, 2012 @ 00:54 AM

Berluti Opens to Big-Time Business in London September 06th, 2012 @ 3:27 PM

Stefano Pilati Back with a Bang at Zegna September 05th, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

Hugo Boss Wows in Berlin, Plans for New York July 06th, 2012 @ 00:17 AM

Salvatore Ferragamo: Crusin’ the Louvre June 13th, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

Michel Klein Gains New Backer; Launches Sunglass Collection June 13th, 2012 @ 00:48 AM

Sykes Jettisoned by Aquascutum; Maurer In at Rabanne June 06th, 2012 @ 00:18 AM

Armani Conquers China, Chastises the Pope June 01st, 2012 @ 11:53 AM


Chloe’s Flirtatious New Volumes

Godfrey Deeny
October 01st, 2012 @ 3:13 PM - Paris

There are certain days when one realizes that the best way to see French romanticism is from the vantage point of an English rose.

That was very much the case on Monday afternoon, Oct. 1, in Paris on viewing the curling and ruffled and rather determinedly expansive spring 2013 collection designed by the house of Chloe's creative director Claire Waight Keller, an energetic English-born lady.

One could not accuse Waight Keller of pulling her punches when it came to volume - from huge culottes, designed for slim ladeis but large enough for a linebacker, to abstract hibiscus print pajamas for day, so large they billowed down the catwalk.

Waight Keller's sunny personality was reflected in the setting - a wide white board catwalk reminiscent of a posh seaside terrace illuminated by sun beaming through the lofty panels in the custom built tent in the Tuilleries gardens in Paris.

The designer was in harmony with many of the key trends in Paris: a sense of lady-like distinction, metallic fabrics - most memorably iridescent Lurex - and a new twisted silhouette.

She cropped and chopped sleeves, added peplums to cocktails dresses, ruffled necklines incessantly and finished pants and skirts in patches of fabric flowers. In a word, Waight Keller determinedly broke new ground rather than referenced the past. Accessorized with some great new Art Deco shoulder bags, this was a charming moment for Chloe.

The show celebrated the 60th anniversary of Chloe, and was dedicated to the house's founder, Gaby Aghion. Two days before, Waight Keller feted the opening of Chloe Attitudes, a sleek exhibition that included work from each of Chloe's nine key designers all the way back to Aghion's first show, a charmingly informal affair at the Cafe de Flore on Paris' Left Bank in 1956.

Today the brand crossed the Seine, a little like Waight Keller crossed the Chanel, to create a certain casual chic that will forever be Chloe.

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