Chloe’s carefree SS16 collection left me feeling in high spirits due to Clare Waight-Keller’s use of playful, slouchy silhouettes and rainbow pastel tones. Not so much romantic, which Chloe typically exudes so well, but instead youthful and fun.
From dull navy, and maroon track-suit separates to dusty pastel floaty dresses, and bright pleated gypsy skirts, the collection was a reinvention and optimistic spin on 90’s festival attire. The contrast of the harsh and sweet colour palette was fairly unusual and maybe shouldn’t have worked, but it did, and it was kind of perfect.
The highly adored Chloe DNA was however infused through the use of teaming a pretty bohemian off the shoulder blouse with split-hem tracksuit bottoms. I feel the collection emphasised togetherness, joy and freedom, whether models was dressed in a lace baby-doll dress, gypsy voluminous pants or an old-school sporty tracksuit – the Chloe girl was there for the same reason, to have a good time without a care in the world.
The pleasant balance of that famed for Chloe feminine bohemia, and the 90’s rave scene vibe continued to flow throughout. It was entirely free, at ease and reflected individuality. It’s hard to choose my favourite look from this collection, but my favourites probably have to be the dusty pastel v-neck gypsy dress, with rainbow multi-coloured floaty tassels and also the delicate sheer, loose-fit blouse with lemon and chalk pink exaggerated sleeves. Tassel heaven!
I also wish I had that off the shoulder chunky rainbow-knit jumper for Glastonbury, let’s hope my beloved Zara pulls something out the bag quite similar.
I must admit that I wasn’t completely loving the denim looks, the oversized denim jacket style top, and ill-fitting wide leg denim trousers wasn’t to my taste, in addition to the off the shoulder gathered denim dress with peplum hem. They wasn’t particularly flattering, albeit very 90’s, and concise to the collections theme. I did however thoroughly enjoy most of the collection and will forever adore the wonderful Chloe brand.