Paris Fashion Week SS13 heralded a memorable occasion for the Chloe brand with a 60-year retrospective exhibition over the weekend, which took a look through the fashion house’s most important moments since 1952. Taking inspiration from the label’s founder, Gaby Aghion, creative director Clare Waight Keller crafted a collection of easy throw-on shapes and silhouettes for her third season at the helm. The theme was easy chic, full of swingy caped crop tops and Bermuda-style shorts, inflated tunic tops and flirty dresses that frilled and flounced their way down the runway. Billowing genie-esque trousers with silver stilletoes ans oversized separates covered with leafy and floral prints in hues of spearmint and black, and shiny peach and eggshell. Dresses in lilac, pretty pink, black and white were embellished with pierrot ruffles at the shoulders and decorating necklines, while ribbons tied the sleeves onto airy tunic tops and netted overlay spruced up a simple white dress. Slouchy men’s shirts and maroon and white striped trousers supplied edgy simplicity while intriguing floral applique trailed down the leg of a mustard trouser leg, bustled across the decolletage of a sheer blouse and ruffled the pleats of a swingy mini-skirt. Glamour was a part bandage-wrap, part peplum-shaped dress, while laid back cool was a token tracksuit-style ensemble. The Chloe girl is unique, never afraid to put her own spin on things, with an aesthetic that selects its wearer; that quirky girl who exudes confidence like an outer layer with the clothes just there to accessorise.
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