Chloé’s smash hit list continues with the label’s 2015 Resort collection. Arriving on the heels of the splashy re-opening of their Madison Ave. store, Clare Waight-Keller took some clues from Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye to infuse some architectural details into the line. But the collection isn’t just a mix of straight lines and curves; the use of texture is almost more forthcoming than the shapes presented. Take, for example, a black silk floor-skimming tank dress with an abstract splash of pattern down the front, or a cream blouse embellished with straight angles of black fringe. Whether the texture is rough around the edges or just plain fuzzy, it would be hard to miss. The direct Le Corbusier influences can be noted in the abundance of these straight black angles, which adorn a chubby fur coat and take over a pair of a wedges. And while there’s plenty of black and white to take into consideration, the use of emerald green and royal blue throughout add a touch of dimension to the clothing. Especially on a wrap dress, half of which is covered with big blue blossoms and the other half is striped with blues and greens.
The French je ne sais quoi that the label is so known for was certainly present as well: in a nude drop-waist dress with lace-up detail, in a nubby tweed skirt suit of sorts, and in the blue silk gown with ruffled seams and bejeweled straps. When paired with a bit of bedhead on the coif front, the cool-girl factor is just further amplified. Then there were the coats, some ankle-length with amplified lapels, others cropped with ginormous hoods that erred the line between practical and fashionable, but totally on point. Also on the lustworthy list are the new handbag shapes that debuted here as well. Most impressive is the Emma bag, which is Chloé’s luxurious spin on the bucket bag, whose closure comes in the form of a leather tie encased in a gold-plated tube. It’s a bag we can expect to see much, much more of.