Another big name brand is heading into the spring and summer of 2018 with a new creative director. Natacha Ramsey-Levi stood behind Chloé as the brand’s latest collection was presented at Paris Fashion Week this morning. Bringing her futuristic and harder-edged look from Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, this Frenchwoman put out a line that exploded with sequins and ruffles. Models’ feet were buckled into boots as they stomped down the runway. A staple article in this line would be the white silk flouncy dress, splashed with spirals of navy, red, orange, and blue. The dress was printed with a row of vertical v’s to mimic a peacock. It perfectly exhibited the old bohemian style of Chloé while establishing a bolder, dominant feminine attitude. The sleek, vibrant, ribbon-trimmed ruffled sleeves and skirts were reflected throughout the pattern of the dress. It can be thrown together with any pair of fall boots or even gladiator sandals to create a look for everyday wear or a night out on the town. Chloé is known to possess a flirty French girl style. Ramsey-Levi conveyed an edgier version of this tradition with garments that are defining of female inner strength.
Making it on stage in a city of the most dominant fashion houses is no easy feat, especially as a new creative director. With a label as huge and characteristic of Parisian couture as Chloé, Ramsey-Levi had a lot to live up to. She honed it right down to the accessories. A variety of dangly earrings, long-chained cross-body purses, and statement rings decorated each model. Like her futuristic collection shows, Ramsey Levi has long stood for female freedom and empowerment before taking over Chloé. That quality to her design is what lead her to the stage at Carrousel du Louvre during one of the most defining fashion shows of the year.
Lots of preparation comes into play when dreaming up 48 new looks for one collection, especially for a first showing under a new label. Not to mention that Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton designer and former mentor of Chloés new leader, sat front row. Ramsey-Levi pulled off the runway show with confidence under the pressure of being the “new girl”.
All in all, this season’s dresses and pantsuits of a rust, blush, silver, and gold pallet was a hit. Modeling one dress in particular after Joan of Arc and then adorning it in sequins, Ramsey-Levi kept things chic and girly yet edgy and confident with her first designs for the label.
Chloé was founded by Gaby Aghion, in 1952 with a “pret a porter” concept for luxuriously soft designs. Natacha Ramsey-Levi is the first woman of France to hold the Parisian designer label. She stayed true to the feel-good, female-friendly vibe that was established once before by Karl Lagerfeld, later upheld by four British designers (including Stella McCartney), and finally by Clare Waight-Keller. Mixing together the brand’s previous bohemian aesthetic with her own harder-edged designs that stem from her years of work under Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton, Ramsey-Levi has unveiled the spring and summer 2018 look for Chloé. The label will continue to revolutionize the way of dress for the chic French woman and dare them to be themselves well into next season.