For the Chloé Pre-Fall 2019 collection, Natacha Ramsay-Levi delivered several variations of soft-meets-strong in a cast of characters that riffed freely on the ’70s and ’80s. Reiterations of the Chloé signature bow blouse mingled with directional pieces such as a crushed-velvet apron dress, intricate knits, a lace skirt, and essential Chloé archetypes—the trench, the cape, the duffle, the cable sweater, and so on.
Many looks broke free of the usual earthy tones. Flared pants were back in amethyst and emerald, perhaps paired with an Edwardian shirt and a tank sweater embroidered with Chloé’s rearing steed. They also come recast in a fluid, Persian-inspired teal print now paired with a carnelian cameo-print scarf blouse and a fitted, ’70s-style jacquard jacket with an archival C monogram.
Tunic dresses dallied with cropped shearling; a button-down Lurex jacquard slipped under the shell of a boxy denim jacket. And with just a few exceptions (the transparent and patchwork numbers come to mind), Ramsay-Levi kept it grounded—intellectually and sartorially—with chunky boots, most winningly in “wave”-heeled embossed croc, although the square-toe loafer style in python print will have its partisans, too.
Chloé unveiled two new handbags: the roomy Aby day bag and the boxy Annie chain-link bag, which join new styles of the Chloé C-clasp bag and camouflage variations of the Tess bag.
“What goes for summer, goes for fall—the statement is there, but the message doesn’t change. It’s timeless,” she said.