It's been nearly seven months since Chloé confirmed Natacha Ramsay-Levi — formerly the senior director at Louis Vuitton and right-hand to Nicolas Ghesquière — as its creative director. To be sure, the last year has brought us a myriad of designer departures and arrivals, and as with all of them, we've spent much of this year looking forward to Ramsay-Levi's debut collection to see how it stacks up against the now-signature Bohemian aesthetic that Clare Waight Keller spent years perfecting.
As of Thursday, our wait is over: Chloé presented its Spring 2018 collection — Ramsay-Levi's first — as part of Paris Fashion Week, and we weren't disappointed. Far from it, in fact. Ramsay-Levi appears to have upheld many the French-girl design tenets that have long made Chloé such an industry favorite — think earthy, free-flowing linens and dreamy florals — but added a discernibly sharp twist. The pieces have a bit of a Louis Vuitton aftertaste, certainly, and that's a good thing: Ghesquière's collections have been both critically acclaimed and commercially successful, much of which can be attributed to his (and Ramsay-Levi's) contemporary tastes.
There are a number of pieces that we already foresee catering to the fashion set. As prairie dresses continue to sweep the street style trends this season, this collection delivered a series of floaty pictorial dresses in shades of white, cream and sand; meanwhile, the range's boots — be they pointy-toe ankle boots or more Western-style riders — are sure to be a hit. Chloé girls will have a lot to choose from come spring.
See Ramsay-Levi's Chloé debut in full in the gallery below.