Show report: Chloé A/W’12

The show notes for Clare Waight Keller’s third outing for Chloé played on a couple of references – parka-wearing English festival goers and the elegant but irreverent French girl who is of course, a totem of this house

The show notes for Clare Waight Keller’s third outing for Chloé played on a couple of references – parka-wearing English festival goers and the elegant but irreverent French girl who is of course, a totem of this house.

The two combined to create cool sporty pieces; plenty of easy jogging pants, quilted jackets and parkas which picked up on the season’s obsession with padding and surface detail and blanket coats trimmed in soft nude leather.

She built on many themes that she had debuted with her pre-fall collection and everything came in muted tones of peach, grey, lemon, off-white and petrol which was occasionally punctuated by a shot of intense red. This was a breezy show – as indicated by the blue painted boardwalk that served as a catwalk in the sun-lit marquee in the Tuilleries gardens.

Waight-Keller can do all that Chloé luxe sportiness with ease – the trick perhaps is to inject a bit of a streetwise edge which appeared in a slightly mad but delicious multi-coloured knit that was topped with a teal green funnel neck and a zip tracing the spine.

For night the Chloé girl will be wearing 3D lace tees and wide-leg lace pants or a navy silk all in one with a sort of bandeau top. It felt like there could have been more glamorous options for the Chloé girl to wear at night – especially given the label’s history of sell-out eveningwear.

Instead Waight Keller gave us more enticing must-have accessories – pick of the bunch a pillar box red portfolio clutch.

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