Following in the intuitive footsteps of brand founder Gaby Aghion, creative director Clare Waight Keller made 2017’s Chloé Pre-Fall presentation a menagerie of popular sentiment. I mean that description as a compliment. Keller fully embraced the recent 70s resurgence and filled her runway with rusty wool, oversized blazers, and jersey dresses. It was an exploration of the nostalgia we’ve all been craving these past few months, proof those retro wardrobes we’ve been building weren’t some vain coping mechanism. This cultural awareness has played a constant role in Chloé collections throughout the brand’s innovative history. Very early on, in the 1950s, Aghion coined the phrase ‘prêt-à-porter’ when she launched the first luxury ready-to-wear collection to meet a growing demand for more accessible designer fashion. Lucky for you and the Chloé fashion house, Aghion and Keller seem to be cut from the same trend-savvy cloth. Come lose yourself in this year’s runway homage to those good old Annie Hall days.
REVEALING BLACK LACE
Asymmetrical stitchwork and tastefully revealing patches of skin abide by both vintage fashion and contemporary style rules. Wear this mini-dress to the beach or a swanky mid-August soiree.
POLKA-DOT SPATTERED JUMPSUIT
It’s not a one-piece outfit, but this trendy ensemble has the personality of a jumpsuit without the impractical flaws. Give it a try at the office once or twice this fall.
DEEP RED VEST AND DRESS
A conglomeration of the rustic 70s and excessive 80s, this look makes it possible for you to wear billowy shoulders without going all yuppie power woman. It’s the 70s chic outfit of choice for Saturdays in town or a weekend away.
FLARED TROUSERS AND SPORTCOATS
Here’s that Diane Keaton look you’ve been waiting for. Without the tousled striped tie, this Chloé Pre-Fall offering is a more professional take on vintage New York fashion. Don’t limit it to the office though. Trousers and a sportcoat are also excellent attire for a trendy day out shopping.
RELAXED HIPPIE-INSPIRED WHITE
Free-flowing fashion is a given when it comes to the mod 60s and classic 70s. This dress will work for your last seaside excursions in August and stick around for seconds in the fall. Slip on a pair of warm brown tights if it gets too cold to bare those legs.
COLORFUL ALTERNATING PATTERNS
A few summer trends are clearly evolving this fall. Peachy pink is the new nude and alternating patterns will be the new floral. This memorable look from the Chloé Pre-Fall show incorporates both to stunning effect.
JUMPSUITS WITH A VEST TOP
Rompers, romp-hims, and the iconic 70s onesies all came out loud and proud this spring. According to Keller, at least the onesie will last through the fall. This speckled version features a simple sleeveless top, leaving room for you to show off a decorative blouse or slogan tee.
DIVERSE TEXTURED TURTLENECKS
Whether it’s a tiered lace dress or print and knit combination, the turtleneck is alive and well when it comes to fall 70s chic. Don’t worry about looking like some awkward prep student from the 90s. Your neck deserves some trendy insulation.
KHAKI SAFARI SUIT
Something about the nature-inspired aesthetic of 70s fashion produced this African safari ensemble. With plenty of pockets and a pronounced build, it’s perfect for day trips or a casual office wardrobe.
NEW TYPES OF DENIM
Jean jackets and chambray button-downs are getting a run for their money with Chloé’s new denim offerings. It seems the time has come for puffa coats to get some minor adjustments. We’d be fine with a Canadian tuxedo that looks a little more casual.
DECORATIVE LIGHTWEIGHT DRESSES
You don’t have to stop wearing summer fabrics when the cooler weather sets in. This Chloé Pre-Fall dress uses flowing material in layers to hold in some heat while keeping things loose and comfortable.
The 2017 Chloé Pre-Fall show demonstrated just how relevant the 70s can be. If you were skeptical whether 70s chic was meant for you, think again. Even if you aren’t an all-out vintage fan, your wardrobe could use a boost from Chloé and this iconic decade.
— Timothy Vest