Just In From Paris: Chloe's Seventies Swan Song


by Josh Newis-Smith

by Josh Newis-Smith

Consider this your Paris Fashion Week cheat sheet…

Chloe’s collection received a standing ovation at Paris fashion week

As fashion month rolls into it’s epicentre, Paris, here’s all the shows, trends and FROWERS you need to know about…

Chloe’s Seventies Swan Song

After taking an emotional bow after showing her final collection for Chloe, Claire Waight Keller leaves behind quite the legacy. Her hits for the house are numerous and many pieces from Keller’s seventies swan song will inevitability achieve ‘it’ status- most notably her star encrusted mini bags and boots. Away from the accessories, which are so integral to the brand’s popular appeal, there were mini dresses layered with paisley printed blouses and a suede and leather tessellated panelled ‘jogger’ two-piece, which brought new meaning to lux loungewear. There were accents of utility too with over blown jackets and mechanical jumpsuits, a shearling bomber that could double up as a teddy bear come naptime and Peter Pan collars which had a life of their own. To close the show ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby’ blasted out and its safe to say whatever Keller’s next move is she won’t be working as a waitress in a cocktail bar.

Dries Van Noten’s Rich Patchwork

To celebrate his 100th show, Dries Van Noten took Paris fashion week to the most eclectic of parties. With the cast of models featuring 54 girls ranging in ages, who have walked for him since 1993, it was quite the reunion not only for the likes of Amber Valletta and Cecilia Chancellor but also for 90’s metallic two pieces and off the shoulder fur jacket combos. A scrapbook of prints greeted the guests (serving up serious wallpaper goals)- a print representing each of his 100 collections- and the likes of Japanese kimono prints, paisleys and 1960s triangular prints were artfully clashed alongside one another on silk dresses and crafty coats. There was some light relief from the prints by the way of well jumbo cord trousers, oversized coats and an added dimension of denim. Closing the show with a tribe of models storming down the runway, the Dries Van Noten woman seemed to have more impact than ever.

dries van noten autumn winter 2017 collection

Rochas’ Right Royal Knees Up

Alessandro Dell’Acqua must, like us, be quite The Crown obsessive. His autumn/winter 2017 collection seemed as if it was designed purely for Princess Margaret at the height of her late 1950s beauty. Pink woollen high neck dresses which grazed their wearer just below the knee, black trapeze coats with pleasing pleated backs and the camel coat of dreams tied at the empire line, made for a very royal wardrobe. Away from the pageantry there were pastel day dresses adorned with delicate bows, sequin leafs and larger than life Peter Pan collars. However the jewel in this crown was the fringed sequin dress which will be beyond ideal for sashaying the night away.

 



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