New York Fashion Week has already set the spring/summer 2016 trends in motion, which are again to blow our minds. Right now some of us have a chance to enjoy the See by Chloe spring/summer 2016 collection just lounging on the sofa, while the luckiest of us are privileged to feel the rich fabrics and elegant silhouettes on our own bodies. We could not have all these masterpieces at our hand if not the flight of fancy and the practical idiosyncrasy of the creative director of Chloe and its daughter youth-oriented company See by Chloe – Clare Waight Keller.
However, Clare is not the one who has glorified the brand. Chloe has been sort of hospitable lodge for such designers as charismatic Karl Lagerfeld, animal defender Stella McCartney and the founder of the brand herself – Gaby Aghion. And now Clare Keller is carrying heavy burden on her shoulders in terms of not only preserving the brand’s feminine-masculine classic style but also interspersing some elements of her spirit here and there on the new collections. And to all appearances she is handling the situation quite successfully.
The See by Chloe spring/summer 2016 collection again embraces the Chloe archival pieces modernized by the designer’s new inspiration that she found while road-tripping from San Francisco to Big Sur. Her unreserved admiration of the bleached coastline, the cloudy sky, the dirty pink sand and the harvest gold mountains immediately envisioned the palette of her new collection. And now we are witnessing a handful of clothing pieces that are carried over on the runway show right from the coastline of Big Sur. With bleached blue and loose fitting pieces predominating in the collection, one may seem to carry shabby and well-worn garments but this is a well-thought-out plan by the designer just to bring back Gaby Aghion’s freedom concept that women should sometimes behave like men possessing just a couple of pieces and not mulling over their appearance. This concept is evidently reflected in the bleached blue oversized crop tops that are nonchalantly waving on the feminine bodies, roomy loose-fitting dresses that do not allow accentuating women’s curves and striped bell-bottom pants.
The collection also brings subtle and sophisticated staples with broderie anglaise detailings. One of them is deviating from androgynous theme, very elegantly accentuating feminine silhouettes with its chocolate brown and black combination, eyelet embroidery and finely designed hems. The collection focuses on denim options as well, featuring a couple of dark blue pieces and more washed-out ones that keep up conveying the touches of shabbiness. The See By Chloe spring 2016 lineup is also rich in ‘70s-inspired patterns, the most prominent among them being chevron prints that are epitomized on a petite short cut dress and a couple of A-line mini skirts. The crocheted creamy jacket and dress are evidently intended to be used as beach cover-ups that will go well with the sand and the sun shining over you.
The collection is kind of ironic and accordingly devoid of any chic and elegance. That is why it mainly targets ladies that have already experienced luxury in their lives and that still have an opportunity to continue with that dolce vita, but at the moment they prefer to be free, far from any ratings and ready to show their alluring spirit rather than curvy shapes.
Photos courtesy of Vogue