By Julia Le
For decades, Chloé has created an empire in defining fashion with sexy, effortless femininity. With breezy pieces and rich buttery fabrics, Chloé’s fall 2014 collection streamlined its heritage of romantic modern vintage with a bit of edge. As Clare Waight Keller commented, this season introduced a “more mysterious and wilder side of the Chloé girl…she’s an urban mystery.”
The show opened with beautiful, cream-colored coats with ivory and mauve colors that could paint a dreamscape. Wide lapels and thick draping fabrics were tailored cleanly for a crisp look and padded leather coats, which softened a traditionally hard-edged fabric, were tailored to the romanticism, which Chloé embodies. Leopard prints, chunky patterns reminiscent of the squiggles and geometric shapes of the 80s, and gold metal shapes sewn onto a black tunic and skirt added some interesting variation to the collection–elements of the urban wilderness.
Minimalist shoes were either of a sleeker strappy boot or heels, or shoes that would seem to soften footsteps–the most memorable shoe of all? The muted purple sheep skin, strapped shoes. Wide legged cuffed trousers, skirts grazing no higher than knee-length, smooth, matte textures, layered silk and chiffon–Chloé fall 2014 featured layers of soft feminine pieces, underscored by a masculine baseline.