2012 March 5
Paris Fall 2012: Chloé, Giambattista Valli, Vanessa Bruno
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The fervor for statement outerwear shows no signs of quieting, and Clare Waight Keller is giving Chloé aficionados a healthy dose this Fall. She fashioned a slouchy bomber of of dusty turquoise wool, and did a knee-grazing toggle-less toggle coat out of yummy pale peach trimmed in camel. Butter yellow, mustard, and bordeaux also made cameos, in inventive fabric treatments and directional shapes that were conscious of the body, if not body-con. A single-button ivory coat in tacked-on crochet flowers worn by Karmen Pedaru was especially fetching, as were the zippered clutches and sweatshirt-style knits.
Newly-minted couturier "Giamba" is known for his heightened sensibilities, especially vis-a-vis volume and drama. Perhaps thanks to his HC creative outlet, his RTW offerings are increasingly focused. Fall's separates-heavy collection is both wearable and statement-making, especially the "alligator" coat in gold and the three-piece silk suit in black and white plaid. The funky white-capped oxfords and sheer-paneled pleated skirts are signals of a new, and intriguing, direction.
The cool girl's go-to for a soupcon of chic parisienne took to shine for Fall, from leathery pants to jewel-toned silk blouses and tunics. A low-slung cropped pant (F12 must-have alert!) abounded, as did schoolgirl sheaths and sheer turtlenecks. Transparency was another theme, with iridescent sheer panels revealing the midsection, and lace-topped jumpers revealing colorful blouses underneath.
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