In her debut show for Chloe, Clare Waight Keller returned to the house's signature romantic style, with a gorgeously soft and feminine Spring 2012 collection. The shoes that the Scottish designer were stepping into were distinguished ones, as the recent lineage of the French house included Hannah MacGibbon, whose collections were always well received and before her, a certain Phoebe Philo and before her, one Miss Stella McCartney (!)
Having left Scottish heritage brand, Pringle, in March, Waight Keller approached her latest task with a confident, yet light touch. The brand’s DNA has always been girly and tomboyish, yet impeccably elegant, with nothing too radical or jarring.
One of the collections high points was a palette of powdery pastels – soft, yet not saccharine sweet – think apricots, corals and jade greens balanced out by off whites, creams and ecrus. Then there were the Thirties-style drop-waisted apron dresses, which were layered over linen blouses, whilst slouchy fluid trousers and shorts were paired with simple boxy shirts or over printed pleats forming sunray stripes. Beautifully wearable shapes for all kinds of women.
Waight Keller took inspiration from ' festival girls, girls on the street and David Bailey's photos of Marie Helvin and Anjelica Huston on the beach.' Clearly a collection to have fun in, then!
Shoe lovers will fall for strappy sandals in mirrored copper and silver and the cool new sling back with loafer style front.
We like the look of spring, Chloe-style and we’ve got between now and January to save up our pocket money because we wanted pretty much every piece in the collection!
- Charlie Miller in Paris