Uber-feminine and delicate, we all know See by Chloé is not usually for pure glam-rock lovers. Its newest fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection, unveiled at New York Fashion Week, could however be a good source of inspiration for those, who are looking for well-tailored street-style/boho-chic clothing pieces.
Clare Waight Keller, Chloé’s creative director, designed her latest collection the way as to target both the “avant-garde poetic” and the “effortless urban girl” at the same time. To better define this style, Clare found inspiration in the Bloomsbury Group, the members of which worked and studied together near Bloomsbury during the first half of the 20th century. Their works helped the society develop new ideas and attitudes towards sexuality, economics and feminism, quickly establishing one of the most important movements of the 20th century. Keller’s message might be that although the fashion industry is currently going through one of its most difficult times, trying to collaborate and think forward could be a good way to find and create new solutions and perspectives.
Just by looking at the first proposals, Keller’s declaration of this intent becomes clear, as she managed to showcase both lace embroideries and roomy dungarees in the beginning of the collection. Such looks are very much illustrative for what concerns the collection’s figures: instead of only focusing on hourglass silhouettes, which could be regarded as the epitome of femininity, Keller experimented with oversized layers and extra-long lines, which dramatically drop the waists covering the legs.
The See by Chloé fall 2016 RTW collection channels a mixture of conventionally ethereal patterns, such as jagged lace hems, with quirkier motifs like furry boots and palazzo pants, making them look like as if they were meant to be bound together. The extra-large figures got translated to the butterfly sleeves too, creating the perfect array of looks to be used for any urban fairytale setting.
Besides layers and roomy figures, the collection also plays with another key-element for the cold months: knitwear. Flooding the lineup with strong knitted textures, Keller manages to perfectly combine avant-garde feminine detailing, such as side splits and cute tiny buttons, with effortlessly heroin-chic figures, which elongate the figures and get closer, if possible, with the last years of the Eighties punk subculture.
Keller’s expertise in textures is to be found in the color choices too, as the main color palette includes shades ranging from dark-toned greens to blues to grays to bright whites and even bold purples. Prints also reinforce the richness of the designs, although mainly featuring only minuscule polka dots, paisley motifs and floral patterns. All the well-served paisley motifs strengthen the collection’s boho-chic wave, ethereally embellishing the flowing floor-length frocks with their delicacy.
Overflowed with vivid colors, the collection brings forth color-blocking combinations too, playing with the many layered looks and accessories. Among such accessories Keller put great emphasis on waist-enhancing belts, which finished off most of the vaporous and peplum shirts with a more romantic allure.
Photos courtesy of Vogue