PARIS--In what will likely go down as one of the most drama-filled Paris fashion weeks, Chloe's Hannah MacGibbon could not escape the designer rumor mill. MacGibbon presented her fall collection for Chloe amidst rumblings that it would be her last for the brand. But this was no shrinking violet, meekly-shuffling-out-the-door kind of collection.
Gone is the minimalist ballerina of last season. Chloe's fall girl is brash and emboldened with the spirit of the '70s, she struts in leather track suits and is not afraid to match snake print with snake print. I prefer the ballerina. But this collection should strike a chord with any lady looking to make a statement: hiss.
MacGibbon was heavy handed with the snakeskin for fall. There was a python print coat, python print dresses, and python print silk blouses tucked into slouchy trousers done in a patchwork of snake prints. A 70s influence was evident in the color palate--mustard, light denim and shades of tan--as well as in silhouettes like flowy mid-calf dresses, a pair of super wide-legged jeans, and some high-necked blouses and a cape tied in a big loopy bow that looked very Anna Sui/Portobello Road. "I'll Be Around," by the Spinners closed the show. Will MacGibbon?
**All images: Imaxtree.