Chloe Celebrates 60 Years With an On-Point Collection From Clare Waight Keller

Clare Waight Keller has really hit her stride at Chloé.
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The Clothes: Clare Waight Keller has really hit her stride at Chloé.

Spring 2013 marks Keller’s third collection for Chloe. It also marks the label’s 60th anniversary. So the pressure was on. But Keller more than delivered. It was one of my favorite collections of the week.

Keller said she “took her cues” from the house’s founder, Gaby Aghion, who is still kicking at 91. Aghion is quoted in the show notes as saying “I don’t explain anything, I have lived... I lived the life I wanted.”

We must admit we didn’t know much about Aghion or Chloe’s history before Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo’s time there--which took the label in a ‘70s minimalist cool girl direction. So browsing through the retrospective at the Palais de Tokyo this week, as well as clicking through the digital archives, helped flesh out a fuller picture of Chloé’s confidently quirky feminine side.

Keller seemed to draw from Chloe’s archives for spring--liberally using exaggerated girly ruffles on pinafore-like paper doll dresses, adding quirks like sequined arrow details--but also managed to keep with the sporty minimalist feel of recent years with clean white crop tops that had exaggerated curved sleeves and roomy pleat-front shorts.

She also added her own personal dash of mod British festival girl on a smart tracksuit (with that aforementioned sequin arrow detail), and sheer ruffled or floral appliqued crop tops over shorts.

The Hair & Makeup: Hair was parted way over to the side with bangs swept over the brow and was fastened in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Eyes were swiped with a browny-orangey shadow.

The Soundtrack: Rock.

The Vibe: Cheery. It was nothing but blue skies in Paris on the day Chloe showed so they opened the roof of their clear tent in the Tuileries and a lovely breeze wafted throughout.

The Front Row: Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Sieber (who had security on the way in).

Celebrity We'd Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Emma Watson, Michelle Williams

Photos: IMAXTree