Things are going very well for Clare Waight Keller at Chloé. After a series of trial-and-error runs with designers, the house has stabilized under Waight Keller, who said she wanted to mine a “more mysterious and wilder side of the Chloé girl” for fall. In fact, the collection held steady with the calmly desirable aesthetic Waight Keller has honed since her arrival at Chloé.
She heeded the call of the wild by plying her pretty tomboy baseline with colorful geometric prints, fuzzy fringed textures and animal motifs that produced some nice outerwear such as a fierce, shaggy fur coat in leopard spots spliced with red, black, yellow and orange stripes. A big coat with a generous fold-over collar was done in spongy ivory jacquard with a yellow-and- black pattern. The most emboldened graphic moment came via the demonstrative gold geometric hardware — circles, squares and zigzags — on a black skirt and tunic dress.
Yet the statement coats and decorative effects were outnumbered by moments of tranquil femininity with a sporty attitude. Sweatshirts, blanket coats and fluttery silk dresses were worked in mild shades of ivory, beige and powdery purple. Some of the best looks were updates of the classic Chloé ivory crepe blouse, as well as dresses and loose, long culottes with graceful triangle and circle lace insets.