It’s A New Look Under Natacha Ramsay-Levi, But The Chloe Girl Lives On
Futuristic accents, horse patterns and shiny patchwork gowns – the new Chloe is off to a stellar start. See our best snaps from the runway.| October 2, 2017
The unveiling of a new collection by a new creative director can be nerve-wracking. Even more so when the previous creative director has spent years cultivating an aesthetic that has won hordes of fans the world over. You’re worried that that “look” will be lost, but simultaneously excited about the new “look” to follow. Simply put, it’s a fifty-fifty. Chloe raised the curtains on Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s first collection on Thursday – at a new location from the usual, no less – and it was a collection that introduced a new look whilst still keeping to that Chloe-ness established by Clare Waight Keller and her forebears.
The new Chloe girl has that same free and easy spirit, but instead of the boho accents favoured by Waight Keller, Ramsay-Levi’s aesthetic dips a toe into futurism: structured shoulders and boxy mini skirts, pressed lines and exposed stitching, finished with combat boots that look ready to kick some behinds. There’s a softness, but there’s also an edginess. Chloe’s penchant for the seventies lives on, this time in python print and velvet suits and jumpsuits covered in mini horses, instant winners that’ll surely make their way into the closets of many.
The collection comes across as effortless, an ease that suggests that Ramsay-Levi knows exactly what she’s doing at Chloe and that she’s geared up for more. After all, she’s worked under Nicholas Ghesquiere – who was among her guests at the show, aww – at both Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, so she certainly knows her stuff. We’re keeping our eyes on this one.
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