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Chic urban designs

January 29 - February 04 , 2020

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly Chic urban designs

While it is getting warmer in Bahrain, fashionistas will still want to get their sweater weather on after they get a glimpse of Chloé’s autumn 2020 collection, writes Mai Al Khatib-Camille.

The polished line, which oozes an urban softness, was designed by the French fashion house’s creative director Natacha Ramsay Levi.

The Parisian native was the director and protégé of Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, before joining Chloé in 2017.

She wowed fashion experts and magazines with her first collection – spring/summer 2018- and is most likely going to have the same effect with this grounded and ladylike line.

The silhouettes feature an essence of femininity with elemental details in a woody and mineral palette from chestnut, straw and apricot to moss and deep navy. The collection pays a contemporary homage to the heroines of the nouvelle vague era.

There is a lot of layering involved to exude a relaxed classic look. Natacha added tactile pieces that can easily be mixed-and-matched.

The natural texture of brushed tweeds and cotton infuses the pieces with an understated elegance. Crêpe dresses and blouses are traced with finery: flowery lacework collars, petal shapes and geometric cord embroideries, whilst all-over micro floral prints are smocked and draped in long-sleeve dresses and a button-down house coat.

Morning stripe and micro-check wool tailoring is thrown over striped scarf blouses, slinky ribbed knits and wide fluid pants. Trench-style and chain belts also distinguish the softly cinched waistline on pleated skirts in mini, mid-length and ankle-length skirts.

Toughening the silhouette, utility trousers and city shorts in sartorial fabrics are worn slouchy with delicate ruffled blouses, and the boyish shapes of boxy outerwear are re-imagined in soft shearling and washed leather.

Bold jewels and hardware accent the collection’s matte textures with subtle shine, from ‘Femininities’ coin necklaces to tooth-shaped pendants, relic earrings and matching hammered cuffs.

Round-toe riding boots are worn flat, laced and buckled or raised on a high block heel, both finished in rich shades of glossy burnished leather.

Let your cross of composed country gal meets chic city slicker come to life.

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