– By Val Bitici Twerdahl –
With her fourth collection for Chloé, fashion designer Clare Waight Keller showed the fashion world that boyish looks can – and should – look girlish. Tailored pieces with exposed zippers and large buckles came together on the runway with delicate tulle and playful polka dots to create edgy looks imbued with the effortlessness of primary school uniforms. Inspired by Waight Keller’s childhood in Birmingham, England, school-girl chic was the underlying melody of the collection, hosted by a chorus of crisp button down shirts, pinafore dresses, and high-heeled oxfords. Wide leather belts and chunky metal buttons were bold accents for cozy wool coats, conservative dresses, tailored slacks, and high-waisted kilts, while lux details like smooth velvet trim and pops of silk softened each look. Polka-dot speckled billowing tulle skirts, one in black and one in white, each with asymmetric hemlines, rounded out the collection with a sartorial bang, proving that fourth times a charm for Chloé’s head designer.
Val Bitici Twerdahl is a writer, born and raised in manhattan. Since 2008, she has worked as part of Vanity Fair’s editorial team, sometimes contributing to vf.com. Val spends her free time blogging (miscv.tumblr.com), traveling, trying new restaurants, cooking, skiing, and dreaming about one day becoming an art collector.
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