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March 3, 2014

Runway Rundown: Chloé

Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller heard the call of the wild for fall 2014. But keep in mind—what’s wild for Chloé isn’t necessarily nutty for your average girl. In fact, we’re betting she’ll love Waight Keller’s punchy fall offering, which includes plenty of fringe sweaters, metal embellishments and ’80s-style prints. We also spotted some nods to wildlife in the bags and shoes, from python details to heels trimmed in fur.

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Mary O’Regan

Dana Avidan-Cohn, an editor at InStyle, has mastered the art of New York cool. Her sleek and slim silhouette gets some serious city edge, thanks to her leather detailing and snakeskin bag. It’s those amazing zippered skinnies that really caught my eye, however. Zipper details are becoming a major trend, and this pair is a must-have!


Shop similar styles:
Zipper-Detail Pants | Snake-Print Handbags | Leather Tops

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Paige Denim Skinny Jeans | Chloé Lizard-Print Tote | Vince Leather Top

Look who’s back: Irina! This blogger beauty (A PORTABLE PACKAGE) never disappoints. She likes to experiment with trends, but always manages to look fresh and unique.

Leather pants are practically a requirement here at PFW, but I like how Irina has toned down their tough edge with a feminine blouse and sporty coat.


Shop similar styles:
Bomber Jackets | Leather Pants | Black Pointed-Toe Pumps

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Mural Quilted Bomber Jacket | Vince Camuto Faux Leather Pants | Saint Laurent Pointy Toe Pump

The visionaries behind the Chloé Attitudes book hosted a swank gathering at the brand’s rue Saint-Honoré boutique to celebrate the first printed volume to chronicle the maison’s 60-year contribution to fashion.

(left to right) Art director Marc Ascoli, Chloé creative director Clare Waight Keller, Chloé CEO Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye and the book’s lead author, fashion critic Sarah Mower, jump in the life-size TV photo booth for a candid photo op.

Guests were treated to their own impromptu shoot in the TV box, which was situated in the boutique’s courtyard, and received a keepsake photo.

The evening was marked by a special appearance from Gaby Aghion, who created Chloé in 1952.

Ascoli, who is known for his image-branding work at fashion houses that include Jil Sander, Yohji Yamamoto and Chloé, is a contributor to the book.

The noted art director helped scour the brand’s archives to find imagery that captured the essence of Chloé from its founding with Aghion to its present allure thanks to the talents of Karl Lagerfeld (1966), Martine Sitbon (1988), Stella McCartney (1997), Phoebe Philo (2001) and current creative director Clare Waight Keller.

Pages from Attitudes decorate the boutique, like this tear from the September 1965 issue of British Vogue, featuring model Breiten Moser in a graphic skirt and headdress by Chloé.

Model Sacha captures the beauty and wearability of Chloé in this July 1973 spread from British Vogue.

Photography duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin snap the playful and cool side of Chloé for Vogue Paris, February 2012.

Noted guests of the evening included Tank magazine’s Caroline Issa, Moscow-based street style star Miroslava Duma and Vogue Japan’s Anna Dello Russo.

Shoes to ♥: Chloé ‘Suzanna’ Stud Buckle Bootie

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

The sleek simplicity of Kim’s look is refreshing to see amongst all the wild style of the bloggers at Lincoln Center. J’adore those structured wide-leg pants and that clean white clutch. And no outfit would be complete without this season’s hero, the motorcycle jacket!


Shop similar styles:
Fall Trend: Motorcycle Jackets| Red Pants| White Clutches

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Current/Elliott Coated Biker Jacket | St. John Milano Knit Pants | Chloé ‘Bobbie’ Wallet

Lookbooks are one of the best parts of the resort season, which kicked off earlier this month. It’s fun to see the different models and settings the designers choose, like Joan Smalls on a rainy city street for Givenchy or Hanne Gaby Odiele against stark white walls for Theyskens’ Theory. We’ve culled a few of our favorite shots from the new collections below.


Pleats and leather at Alexander Wang.

Head-to-toe zig-zags at Proenza Schouler.

Lustrous black leather at Helmut Lang.

Graphic prints and leather details at Opening Ceremony.

Slouchy trousers and sweeping hemlines at Theyskens’ Theory.

Sailor stripes and bra tops at Marc Jacobs.

Rich draping and oversized ruffles at Lanvin.

Tropical shadows and exposed midriffs at Jason Wu.

Dainty floral prints at Erdem.

Autumnal hues and Asian-style silhouettes at Marni.

Slivers of skin and black and white at A.L.C.

Busy prints and hints of goth at Givenchy.

Pinstripes and lace at Thakoon.

Sporty meets sheer at 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Sculptural shapes in black and white at Balenciaga.

—Mary O’Regan

There was an independent spirit that breezed along the runway at Chloé’s fall/winter 2013 show at Paris’ Jardin des Tuileries, where Clare Waight Keller, the brand’s creative director, proved yet again that her English sensibility is the right fit for the French fashion house she joined just two years ago. The attitude of the collection was at once tough and schoolgirl-flirty, delivering in the form of boyish cuts, romantic pants, utilitarian fabrics and hard-edged accents like chain links and zippers.

The combo of hip-hop beats and sunlight beaming in through the skylights of the tent definitely aided in translating the carefree, feminine vibe of the collection, which will surely make dressing for cold nights a lot more fun.

Check out some highlighted looks from the Chloé fall ’13 collection (and some of the famous faces we found in attendance at the show)!

“Part of what gets me excited about Fashion Week is being around our buying team and taking in their passion and enthusiasm for what’s happening,” said Pete Nordstrom, who we spotted front row before the show started. “It is actually really rewarding, because it reaffirms we have the right people here on the job. At night, it’s fun to hear the buying team talk about what they’ve seen during the day. It always brings out a lot of positive energy and creative ideas.”

When asked what he’s enjoying most about this market trip, Pete shared, “It’s always interesting to get away from our stores and see what’s going on in other places. Whenever we travel, we check out local stores which is helpful. I get to talk to different people in the industry as well as other retailers.”

For Pete, having the right discussions is key. “I make it a point to talk with some of our major vendors about how we can strategically grow together. There are certainly a lot of discussions to be had.”

Vogue’s Virginia Smith, Tonne Goodman (center) and Anna Wintour smile from the front row.

Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, was happy to finally experience some great weather in Paris.

Gene Krell, international fashion director for Vogue, Vogue Hommes and GQ Japan.

Denise Junell, our designer handbags buyer, gave us the scoop on what women will want to be carrying for the coming season. “I thought this collection was really great and fresh. There were two new key bag shapes. I loved the oversized duffel with the wide strap and the convertible bag that walked as a hobo,” says Denise

“Mixed media was huge in the bags as well, and it goes along with that whole utilitarian and multifunctional trend that continues to be in demand with our customers. I think Chloé is going to be a great avenue to get this look for fall.”

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland

Linda is always easy to spot during Fashion Week, thanks to her platinum locks and bright style. As a blogger (Lifestyle Hunters), Linda travels the world searching for fashion inspiration, and she fits right in here in London.

The graphic simplicity of Linda’s outfit has an updated mod feel. I love her pleated windowpane dress AND that awesome two-tone tote!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Colorful Coats | Two-Tone Handbags | Graphic Print Dresses

Shop our Editors’ Picks to recreate this look:

Jil Sander Wool Coat | Chloé Crossbody Bag | Tibi Checkered Dress

October 31, 2012

The Chloé Alphabet

To celebrate its 60th birthday this year, the creative team at Chloé dug through their archives and came up with 26 things—one for each letter of the alphabet—that represent the iconic French brand. Short films and photos accompany the mini stories, in addition to posts by 26 fashion bloggers, who each wrote about a letter.

The tribute runs concurrent to the Chloé exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, featuring signature pieces designed over the years by the house’s nine creative directors. The show takes place now through November 18; if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris over the next few weeks, it’s definitely worth stopping by.

We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite pieces from the Chloé archive:

G for Gaby: Founder Gaby Aghion, pictured above, grew up surrounded by her mother’s haute couture, but found it stuffy and constricting. Her goal with Chloé was to create easy-to-wear, cool, youthful clothes with couture sensibilities, available straight off the rack.

I for Innovators: Four years after debuting her collection at a Parisian café, Aghion showed these contrast-trim coats, which have come to epitomize the 1960s.

D for Deco: This art-deco-inspired dress, from the spring/summer 1966 collection, was likely designed by Karl Lagerfeld, who become Chloé’s creative director that year.

R for Rachmaninoff: Aghion steered the overall direction of the brand until it was sold to the Richemont Group in 1985. The dress pictured above was part of a 1973 collection inspired by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.

B for Banana: Stella McCartney became the brand’s creative director in 1997 and introduced a cheeky, feminine side with playful banana and pineapple prints.

E for Embroidery: Speaking of playful, the video above demonstrates the lighter side of old-world embroidery, which Aghion loved but wanted to implement in a fresh way.

We could go on forever—instead, explore the Chloé Alphabet for yourself. Be sure to watch the videos for M for Music, which talks about the brand’s runway-music composers, and V for Visit, which takes you through the Palais de Tokyo exhibit. Enjoy!

Our Designer Buying Team just returned from Europe after a busy trip devoted to attending Fashion Week runway shows and buying appointments (dream jobs!). Here’s a small roundup of pictures they snapped while on location in Paris, London and Milan.

  View from the window of the spectacular Yves Saint Laurent showroom on the top floor of the Grand Palais.

A very popular canine visitor at the Miu Miu showroom.

Michael with a model at Stella McCartney.

Ready-to-Wear Team at Stella McCartney.

Designer Shoe Buyer, John, at Chloé.

Shopping the famous Via Spiga while in Milan.

John with his mobile camera tent at Dolce&Gabbana.

Browsing the Dolce&Gabbana runway collection.

At Marni discussing shoe possibilities for future campaigns.

All cameras pointed to the stage at Alexander McQueen.

In love with this honeycomb Alexander McQueen gown.

Buying team (and Pete Nordstrom) waiting outside Alexander McQueen.