Clare Waight Keller juxtaposed two tropes in her See by Chloé fall collection: the “avant-garde poetic girl” and the “effortless urban girl.” This translated into her bohemian lineup with floaty, romantic looks shown next to others with more structure — particularly her denim and outerwear, as in a great-looking double-breasted wool military coat.

 

Delicate details feminized the simplest looks: Three black velvet bows ran down a white cotton shirtdress, and organza trompe l’oeil flowers decorated the neckline of a sheer chiffon blouse. There was a geek-chic undercurrent to her high-neck, bell-sleeve, pussy-bow blouses and clashing paisley, floral and polka dot prints. Little wonder: Waight Keller’s inspiration was the Bloomsbury Group, an intellectual movement in early 20th-century London comprising writers, artists and philosophers.