Under the frost of a transparent tent roof in Central Paris today, Clare Waight Keller for Chloe followed in the brand’s ex-helmswoman’s footsteps yesterday at Celine, that is to say, yet another Parisian minimalist take on sporty chic.
A far cry, however, from Philo’s minimalist and discreet homage to the forthcoming 2012 Games, Keller mediated on the softer side of sport, soft, slouchy shapes in an opening assortment of pastel hues. Her reworking of the parka, rendered in quilted blush and periwinkle wools with oversized taupe leather collars and detailing about the zips and cuffs to match are destined for most-wanted status. Baggy gym shorts in a caramel leather worn with a fitted wool blazer of the same hue and topped off with a tiny periwinkle crossbody bag at once ticked that sporty box whilst reinforcing all that the brand is about: relaxed easy chic, clothes that women love to wear.
Everything about the collection was soft, from the breezy cut trousers and voluminous yet not cumbersome outerwear, to the pastel palette, plush knitwear (Keller’s specialty) and even looseness of the models’ hair.
A stronger deep red, already shoring up color du jour status here in Paris, worked its way into the looks midway through the collection, and as at Celine, was paired with crisp creams before giving way to delicate filigree lace that looked as though they belonged in a spring summer collection. Just goes to show that wherever the Chloe woman goes, even in winter, she brings with her the eternal lightness of spring.
Floral lace with pearl detailing was feminine at it’s best
A tiny periwinkle crossbody bag ticked the sporty box
A strong, deep red was paired with crisp Chloe creams
Baggy styles refreshed the use of leather for next season
Oversized taupe leather collars on the Chloe catwalk, AW12