A 1966 archival photo of a Chloé blanket coat was the starting point for Clare Waight Keller’s Pre-Fall 2014 lineup. She worked the blankets into beautiful fluffy capes and cropped jackets, all trimmed with thick piping. The silhouettes, which were anchored in soft layers, were traced with ruffled borders, curving hemlines and blouse sleeves, creating a nice fluidity and flirty sophistication that was grounded by chunky knits, robust shearlings, boots with thick stacked heels and Chloé’s first leather jewelry collection.
The designer repeated herself here, reviving Spring’s sexy, side-slit skirts with little tap shorts underneath, not to mention that collection’s Mannerist blouses and its graphic lace and curving seams. This time, she introduced a different kind of girlish inflection with wraps and short jackets in double-face wool had a ton of appeal.