For her last ever show for Chloé, Clare Waight Keller opted to continue on her trajectory of modernising nostalgic silhouettes rather than issuing a reprisal of her greatest hits; because at this Parisian fashion house, although previously helmed by statement-making British women including Phoebe Philo and Stella McCartney, it has always been about the Chloé Girl and not the Creative Director's ego. And so, with a room packed full of Chloé Girls – Emma Roberts, Olivia Palermo, Clémence Poésy, Nicole Warne and Aimee Song included – the line-up was unveiled in a mix of Seventies shifts, frothy babydoll dresses and cute swing coats toughened up with boyish tailoring and oversize knitwear.
With their broad, rounded shoulders and chunky round buttons, boxy shirt coats in brushed check wool, striped shearling and Golden Fleece underpinned the collection. They came over blouses featuring the new 'butterfly wing' collar, while trousers were hip-slung and wide-leg and teamed with mohair intarsia jumpers and cardigans. As ever, airy dresses peppered the collection, all short, some in organza with puffed sleeves, others in tulle decorated with star-shaped lace embroidery. The colour palette was typically Chloé with icy pastels mixing with more wintery hues of tobacco, chocolate and scarlet (THE shade of the season, in case you hadn't noticed).
With the Chloé Girl's Autumn/Winter 2017 wardrobe sorted, the only question that remains is where Waight Keller will pop up next.