2008 October 6
Chloé - Paris Spring 2009
(PARIS) New designer Hannah MacGibbon received a warm reception after showing her spring collection, which endowed the house with more energy and focus after several seasons of rather sloppy separates. Phoebe Philo's former right-hand woman at the house cleaned things up, starting with scallop-hemmed coats and blouses in butter, peach, apricot, and cream. Sweet long-sleeved tops modernized those ubiquitous paper bag-waist trousers (at least MacGibbon's have cargo pockets). Femme pinafores lightened up several masculine trousers, while metallic touches on bows and belts added Chloé's signature piece of flair. Sandals were blessedly manageable, with a forties pin-up heel and uncomplicated straps with crafty edges. Bags were too few and far between for the accessory-focused eye, but they returned to the clean silhouette in non-boring colors that made the handbag the brand's cash cow in the first place. All in all, MacGibbon's first offering was a cause for celebration. When, exactly, does it arrive in stores?