Chloé's boho babe is all grown up.
Natacha Ramsay-Levi had big shoes to fill when she stepped in to replace Clare Waight Keller at Chloé. However, while the latter would often take her post-show finale bow in understated black outfits, like many of designers, Ramsay-Levi took to the catwalk today in a pair of printed palazzo pants fresh from the latest collection paired with a plain white tee. You see, the fledgling Creative Director essentially embodies the Chloé girl, 2.0: still boho, but now a little bit more subdued.
For Spring Sumer 2019, Ramsay-Levi took a stab at defining what she calls 'Hippie Modernism'. The brand undoubtedly has carefree and eclectic DNA pulsing through its veins, but with Ramsay-Levi's vision, there was a more global approach to bohemian dressing.
The offering was a mélange of looks that would seem at home in Marrakech, Madrid, Melbourne, or the Mediterranean. Chloé's dedicated fan base will be pleased with the textured Ikat jumpsuits, a coat with a Persian rug motif, chenille-like knits, and patchwork silk scarf prints that flowed with conviction whether in belted sarong, trouser, peasant skirt, or maxi dress format.
“It’s going to be summer, so I said, ‘Let’s face the bohemian inside of Chloé,’” Ramsay-Levi said backstage according to Women's Wear Daily. “For me, it’s this idea of hippie, people who have reinvented, rebooted a kind of back-to-basics life, and who have a sensuality, a sense of nature and modernism. Because, I mean, we are in 2018. It’s taking instincts from simple life, prosaic things, and trying to make them fashion.”
Prosaic was certainly not a word that came to mind to describe this collection. Despite their supposed romantic, airy-fairy 'simple' tendencies, Chloé girls will still be savvy enough to snap up the extensive accessories on offer. Woven scarf rope belts, dense necklaces that seemed more like amulets, anklets, toe rings, cuffs, and sculptural earrings made these models appear like chic seasoned world travelers showcasing years' worth of trinkets sourced from their excursions around the globe.
Another 'entry level' purchase? Expect to see plenty of the logo-emblazoned t-shirts - which nodded to kitschy souvenir shirts one would pick up ironically at the hotel gift shop. Just because she's grown up, the Chloé girl still doesn't take herself, or her style, all that seriously. But woah, does she still look the part.
All images via Chloe.com