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PRE-FALL COLLECTIONS: CHLOÉ

PARIS – chloé has been one interesting label for me to watch. as the label that provided both stella mccartney & phoebe philo a platform for design together, the same aesthetic the two have applied to the label is still heavily intertwined into their collections. fresh off my review of celiné’s pre-fall collection, i thought it necessary to follow-up with chloé, considering that clare waight keller is now in place as the label’s creative director. previously of pringle of scotland, clare waight keller is one designer that has caught my eye. through her work with the british based, scottish established, pringle of scotland; i became much more familiar with her design eye & attention to clean lines. with a design resume that includes work for some of the finest names in the business, keller’s killer skills have been shaped & accentuated by her past work with american empire lines calvin klein & ralph lauren, in addition to her work with tom ford in 2000. this lead clare to her stint at pringle in 2005, which resulted in award-winning work, which earned her the scottish cashmere designer of the year award.

now in her new post at chloé, i was surprised & excited to see that hannah macgibbon was no longer in place & clare would be her replacement. familiar with clare’s refined taste & knowing the modernized reputation of designers who’ve worked at chloé, my eyes shift toward the french based womenswear to see how clare would kill her latest opportunity. having gotten press for being open about looking to blogs & understanding the value of her new post at chloé, i’ve come to admire clare as a designer who has her ear to the street- which i respect on a whole other level. it’s important, as it is with any artist, to allow your interests & inspirations to remain fresh, you have to keep things young & new- especially as a fashion designer. credited for completely reinventing the pringle of scotland label during her six year tenure, i feel like clare is the perfect fit for chloé. debuting her first collection, for the summer/spring 2012 season; this season, keller demonstrates her ability to create & direct with a fresh aesthetic & an eternally chic sense of palette.

this sesaon, with this collection, clare allows silhouettes played a large role. in the pre-season, im always looking to see what was used from the previous collection & what was introduced as a new concept. i like the idea of a pre-season set, always looking for ways design talents have used the opportunity to segue or quickly pacify collections. the approach of each designer shows their committment to good design & value of clientele. clare’s approach to the pre-season is one of the more developed of the pre-fall & i’ve only dedicated time to labels who’ve, in some way, expressed this dedication through what i measure as good quality. i loved the collections use of color, the milky tones were both feminine while still being sophisticated. beautiful use of twill, classic use of plaid & cutesy use of powedered tones were all seen in the collection. being drawn to aspects of design that are simplified & modern, this collection is one of my favorites of the pre-season. cannot wait to see what clare & chloé will unveil for the FW13 show season in paris, this month. clare appears to be the perfect fit for the french label. now let’s see that SS12 campaign. [source]

the fashion report: seventy-seven

fall prêt-à-porter, paris: chloé

the fall chloé collection stays true to it’s modern signatures of relaxed silhouettes & feminine details this season in paris. bold use of animal prints, color blocking & layered looks are seen as two-toned handbags, sheer snakeskin & wide legged denim trousers are seen. i loved the dramatic silhouettes of the collection & applaud the wide range of styles. im sure that a beautiful campaign will be shot & think that hannah macgibbon has done well in representing styles that are based in the foundation created by stella mccartney & phoebe philo during their reign at chloé. from more outrageous, less traditional design to bold use of color & hints of metallics, all the bases are covered by chloé this season. strong direction, but nothing spectacular.

imagesource | vogue.fr

anja rubik for vogue méxico

shot by marcin tyszka, anja rubik appears for the november cover of vogue latino america. rubik appears with strong lined eyes & a crocheted frock. represented by next models ny, anja ranks as the no. 3 female model within the top 50 of fashion & also holds the rank as no. 23 high earning. you’ve seen anja appear for campaigns with the gap, fendi, chloe, H&M, guiseppe zanotti & lanvin this fall. she continues to conquer the world of high fashion through editorial & runway bookings.

imagesource | tfs

spring prêt-à-porter: chloé, paris

the chloé collection presented for the summer/spring 2011 season is one of clean & simple style. a controlled palette is seen in the form of black, white, neutral & brown with red for contrast. the collection is relative to other collections presented along the lines of céline & stella mccartney, which isnt the least bit surprising- granted both designers at both labels were once creatively involved at chloé & historically redefined the brands style signature. current artistic director, hannah macgibbon, has been in place as the labels lead since SS09 & has seemingly opted to continue the concepts previously set by mccartney & philo. i love how the collection segues & transforms from look to look-clean lines, chic silhouette & refined style. simply beautiful.

imagesource | vogue.fr

raquel zimmermann for chloé, fall


represented by DNA model management, raquel zimmermann appears for the FW10 chloé campaign. shot by inez + vinoodh, the current campaign ditches the vintage style references & studio setting for an image that is modern, sophisticated, scenic & chic. while hearing that raquel was cast for the labels fall campaign, again- initially i wasnt expecting anything new or refreshing but as the images have proved; the chloé lable flourishes in going outside of whats expected. simple & stunning.

imagesource | tfs

fall prêt-à-porter, paris: chloé

take a bucket of flesh colored paint & bathe in it four seasons in a row & you have chloé. the FW10 collection from chloé, underwhelmingly presented another set of neutrals for the fall. while some pieces towards the end of the collection brought grey, black & blue into the fashion story; the collection closed going back to earth tones. while the clothes are done beautifully & the model cast filled with supermodels- why the fuck would we wanna see this same aesthetic again? while i appreciate a dedication to stylistic signatures, i really find no reason for any lable, not matter how large or internationally successful to continue with last seasons designs. few can even tell this collection apart from the spring line. we could easily blame it on the recession saying, “well, maybe they didnt want to take a risk..” or “..maybe it sells well.” but still, that is no excuse for any designer to become rested. fashion is about moving forward, producing a new vision, to allow progression. there is no type of style evolution or sense of ‘new’ within this set, whatsoever. dont blame the recession, blame it on hannah macgibbon, the chloé creative director. as a financial suggestion, since the chloé brand seems to be recycling quite a bit; why not use the FW09 campaign with karlie & kasia for this collection? its the same damn look anyway.

imagesource | style