Gaby Aghion founded Chloé in 1952 with the idea of creating feminine clothes made from high quality fabrics that would not require the extensive alterations that the formal haute couture did. A pioneer in luxury ready-to-wear, Aghion presented her first collection to the press over breakfast at the famous Café de Flore, on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain. From the beginning, Aghion infused French fashion with her free spirit and independent resolve.
Aghion passed away a day before Chloé’s SS 2015 show, but if she could have seen it, I think she would have been very proud. British creative director Clare Waight Keller successfully captured the founder’s original vision with her outstanding spring presentation. I am a huge Chloé fan and this was one of my favorite shows from PFW!
A Chloé collection wouldn’t be complete without charming, ultra-feminine dresses and for SS 2015 it was the trio of gauzy white minidresses that opened the show! I love the carefree attitude of these linen and lace designs. They will look lovely styled with sun-kissed skin and accessories in gentle hues. As the show progressed, Keller introduced floaty chiffon gowns whose silhouettes recalled the house’s Karl Lagerfeld era. These came in sea green, bright yellow, terra-cotta and midnight blue.
Additionally, there were some adorable suede and denim looks, as well as short eyelet lace dresses with cut outs. Clare Waight Keller is artful at taking traditional fabrics and transforming them into covetable contemporary pieces. As for the footwear, the lace-up gladiator sandal shows no signs of slowing down and Chloé’s versions were wedged and beautifully made. These provided the perfect counterbalance to the collection’s delicacy.
“All I ever wanted was for Chloé to have a happy spirit and to make people happy.” – Gaby Aghion
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