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Paris Fashion Week

Chloé SS17

There's a formula to being a Chloé Girl, all shiny blonde hair and effortless diaphanous dresses topped with impeccably tailored jackets, something the likes of Chiara Ferragni, Pernille Teisbaek, Camille Charrière, Charlotte Groeneveld – aka Chloé's Spring/Summer 2017 front row – would know a thing or two about. The same girl-meets-boy principles were at play on the runway with a line-up of summer separates in a cleansing palette of crisp white and chic navy: tailored city shorts paired with voluminous-sleeved blouses; bustier tops worn with wide-leg sailor trousers; slouchy tees teamed with high-waisted skirts or wide-leg cargo pants – the odd jolt of red in a sleeve or cerulean on a neckline kept things from being too uniform-y.

Rompers long and short were also a feature, belted at the waist but languid down the leg and suiting came generously cut but shapely thanks to their double-breasted jackets. These were suits to feel powerful in, not power suits.

To contrast came knife-pleated maxi gowns in colour-block shades suspended on the shoulders with chunky bows with what resembled bungee cords – a clever move to take the sweetness down a notch or two. Meanwhile, cotton tunic dresses, also festooned with bows (but here they were downright outsized), lace sundresses and frothy baby doll numbers carried the effortless appeal designer Clare Waight Keller seems to inject in all her eveningwear. Finally a series of Seventies-style, floral-splashed muumuus added a faintly nostalgic element that is synonymous with the maison.

Worn with asymmetrical-strapped sandals and either a rucksack featuring the Faye buckle or a dainty half-moon number complete with gold chains, the collection came together in perfect harmony.