"Tough" was the last word we would have used to describe our idea of the #chloegirls (the brand's dedicated show hashtag), but designer Clare Waight Keller changed our minds about that with her latest collection.
On Thursday morning at the brightly lit Grand Palais, as real life Chloe girls Clemence Poesy and Kelly Rowland looked on from the front row, Keller showed a toughened-up version of her feminine, bohemian aesthetic. For fall 2016, the girl has a more adventurous spirit and wouldn't look out of place atop a Harley.
She was inspired by Anne-France Dautheville, a journalist who rode a motorcycle from Paris through the Middle East in the '70s. This manifested in motocross-inspired leather pants and jackets, simple low-heeled leather boots and scarves tied tightly around the neck.
The Chloe biker definitely still has a girlie side, though. (See: the many sheer, ruffled silk gowns and blouses.) Still, this show provided evidence that tough and girlie are not mutually exclusive. One can wear a cascading silk gown and throw a fleece over it when she's cold, or have ruffles on her overalls — and look that much cooler for it.
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