Chloe's ready-to-wear is actually ready to wear

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

PARIS (AP) — Chloe makes ready-to-wear and doesn't pretend otherwise.

This honest attitude was on full display in Clare Waight Keller's fall-winter 2013-14 collection in Paris of 41 highly wearable looks.

Who needs a cohesive concept, when much is said in the quality of each individual garment?

There were some neat ideas in blue and neutral black, white and gray. A multicolored thick-striped silk dress had a geeky, graphic look with an angular top and patent leather school shoes.

Elsewhere, a gray jumpsuit, played on the shape of overalls, with long straps and deep scooped collars. Buttoned-up white shirts, followed tulle transparencies with polka dots, and coats sported large pockets.

"It's about bringing in a toughness, with more attitude," said Waight Keller, backstage.

There were rings in the model's ears, shiny zippers and buttons — what the designer called "hardware elements." But then — to end the show — two diaphanous skirts, in billowing black and white tulle, looked anything but hard.


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