Cool, bright and urban; designer Clare Waight Keller's Fall/Winter collection for the house of Chloé was a refreshing variation from the usual dramatic, vibrant creations seen at the 2012 Paris Fashion Week.
The custom-built tent inside the Tuilleries Gardens emanated a sense of spring rather than of winter as models strutted their stuff in the light creations comprising silk blouses in off-white shades, appliqué lace flowers and pearls.
Even the knitwear presented at the show involved "dimensional patch work" in wool giving it a breezy, sporty feel.
The Telegraph UK reported that there were a couple of cool, long dresses in apple red and dark green with torso-shapes, clean and unadorned enough to balance their quilted effect skirts. The shiny, elasticated-hem effect culottes worked less well than the high-waisted trackie-bum strides, teamed nicely with sweatshirt style tops in that flowery lace.
It was in May 2011 that the British-born designer Clare Waight Keller was named creative director of Chloé, replacing Hannah MacGibbon.
"I am thrilled to be joining one of the most prestigious design houses in Paris," Vogue UK quoted Waight Keller saying. "Chloé is a brand that conveys a beautiful sense of effortless femininity and vivacious sophistication that I look forward to continuing into the next era."
Clare earlier worked for designer labels like Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren before joining Chloe. In 2000 she was hired by Tom Ford at Gucci to work alongside Francisco Costa and Christopher Bailey as a senior designer. This was followed by her role as creative director of Pringle of Scotland in 2005.
In 2007, she won the award for Scottish Cashmere Designer of the Year, following which she launched Pringle 1815, a diffusion line named for the year the company was founded.