Natacha Ramsay-Levi checked all the boxes in her Paris Fashion Week debut as Chloé’s creative director, yesterday. Her lines ranged from ethereal romantic flou silhouettes to more structured, sartorial tailoring and eccentric prints. Ramsay-Levi also took every bit of Chloé essence along the way.
“Chloé girls have a suave mix of sophistication and humility,” the designer says. “They are timeless but never conventional.”
Chloe moved its show from the usual Grand Palais to its newly opened Maison Chloé on Rue de la Baume – a much more intimate setting for Ramsay-Levi’s debut collection.
The designer is a fashion veteran, however having worked alongside Nicolas Ghesquière during his tenure at Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton. Ghesquière was also spotted in the show’s front row.
Masculine velvet jackets were accentuated with horse motifs and sleek silk summer dresses were rendered in spiritual motifs. Floral peasant dresses with carefree drop-waist silhouettes also echoed the house’s signatures, but with a youthful beat.
Ramsay-Levi did well in the accessories category, Chloé’s strong suit. Sleek knee boots in python or perforated leather were made for stomping. The house’s popular “Drew” bag has been updated with the new season’s print and multi-strap bags made their runway debut.
Ramsay-Levi’s first outing at Chloé encourages fashion lovers to take a closer look at her creativity, and watch her interpretation of the modern Chloé girl.
“I want to give women the opportunity to show their inner strength, not their power,” the designer says.
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