Gaby Aghion founded Chloé in 1952 with a vision to defy the formal haute couture of the time with alluring, feminine clothes made of fine fabrics that required few alterations. Clare Waight Keller could not have known that Aghion would pass away a day before Chloé’s spring show, but the collection beautifully epitomized the founder’s original maxim. Backstage, Keller said her focus was on fabrics that tell a story, “laces that had flowers and birds, and the idea of utilitarian cotton and denim that, as you wear it, it ages and starts to tell the story of your life.”
Chloé RTW Spring 2015
To open the show, she chose a trio of gauzy maiden minidresses, barely constructed from crafty lace and linen suspended from the skinniest spaghetti straps. That idea progressed into billowing chiffon goddess gowns done in powdery pastels, navy and terra-cotta, some worked with lace. These nodded at the house’s Lagerfeld era. They grazed the body in a soft expression of feminine freedom — fragile though they looked, a dress dependent on the strength of a shoestring requires acute confidence.
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