Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Fall Faves : Chloe

Chloe as usual, despite the absence of Phoebe Philo, has stayed true to the concept of romantic, feminine fashion this Fall. They celebrated the softer aesthetic with the usual best-selling Chloe pieces of chiffon dresses.

The theme had influences from Victorian to slight androgyny and even a slight folksy. The look was light and casual and very contemporary.

Variations of the Spring's navy blue dress were shown among other fresh offerings, including whimsical details like a polka-dotted print layered over delicate satin. Lace too, was featured, like on this folksy Dutch-like dress. Some dresses, like this high-necked apron Victorian dress had belts cinched tightly at the waist. The apron dress-style with ruffles at the sides (left) would probably be copied religiously this Fall, just like the blue dress was in Spring. After all, it has many elements of Fall in it. A surprise was this gold-flecked wrap dress, a shy away from its chiffon counterparts and more grungy and rock chick.

For evening, the dresses were even more splendid and timeless. Colours were much deeper (esp blue) and the polka-dots gave way to sequins. I loved this deep blue flapper style dress especially the seamless addition of the romantic black layers. This blue chiffon dress was also beautiful, with the simple geometric design and drop-waist.

And while the dresses were girly fun, there were also mannish suits and tailoring for the seperates. Trousers were tailored and paired with satin shirts. Still the Chloe team managed to balance the female and male elements well and make the look cool and not overly mascualine. I adored this lovely satin blouse and chiffon skirt ensemble. I loved the dolly cuts and button of the blouse and the skirt, which looked pencil-cut, but with none of that skin-tight discomfort with the light flitty material. Other than the mannish trousers as previously mentioned, this pair of cuffed chiffon trousers were definitely more feminine and blended in perfectly with the rest of the Chloe dresses.

The accessories were distinctive too. After all, this is the house that created the coveted Silverado and Paddington. Firstly, the shoes made the folksy-look contemporary with their luxurious colours. There were slouchy stacked heel boots and stacked heel round-toed patent leather ankle strapped heels. Models also had grey knit scarves ravelled carelessly around their necks. Meanwhile, the bags offered weren't that many and all that interesting, but I loved the little clutches they had, such as the blue suede clutch for the evening. I guess we'll see more of their signature bags when the collections start coming in.

Meanwhile, my favourite piece would most definitely be this lovely peach chiffon dress with the pretty pink V-neck and belt. The layers of satin and chiffon exude that vintage charm and although the extra layers of chiffon on the sides look a little weird on close inspection, they add extra volume to the little dress, making it look even more grand. Most importantly, I love the little butterfly-isque ruffles at the sleeves that look so dainty. Very feminine and romantic, very Chloe.

Nothing beats good old Chloe for French romance and flair. Elegant, feminine and effortlessly sexy, the house of Chloe has much potential under the artistic hands of Philo and her team. It will be interesting to see the high-street brands imitating their styles once again this Fall, just like they did for Spring.

J'aime Chloe!