Fan-favourite Chloe stuns Paris fashion week with “sporty-chic” collection

Chloe’s designer Clare Waight Keller subverts all expectation and unveils her new take on sporty chic for her Spring/Summer 2016 collection at Paris Fashion Week.

PARIS, FRANCE (OCTOBER 1, 2015) (REUTERS) – Paris Fashion Week favourite, Chloe, did not disappoint on Thursday (October 1), as models sashayed down the catwalk bursting with colour and a new youthful ‘sporty-chic’ emanating optimism, in a collection which took many by surprise.

Instead of the whimsical bohemian dresses that have made the label so famous of late, models entered in sporting stripes, prime colours and tracksuits.

British model of the moment, Edie Campbell, looked effortlessly cool in a matching maroon red tracksuit with her chic flowing blonde bob and hands comfortably in her pockets.

These sporty numbers were complimented by long flowing skirts and leather bags with swinging tassels, a real Chloe take on a Seventies style tradition.

Eyes were drawn to the colourful multi strapped sandals, a clear image of laid back cool and effortless style.

Celebrity guests included Sean Penn’s model daughter Dylan Penn, Jada Pinkett Smith and Chinese actress of the moment Fan Bingbing.

“I mean, I love the light flowy dresses that they have, very, I don’t know, feminine, and girly but still cool,” Penn said.

Denim pieces tied with a drawstring, frayed edges and utility dungarees then appeared, as the collection continued to surprise the mesmerised audience.

Then finally, just before the end, the looks softened and the famous flowing white dresses, like cascading freshly laundered sheets, appeared with bold leather tasselled bags and colourful hemlines.

French model and actress, Aymeline Valade emphasised her love of the new colour combinations and the new sporty chic.

“Here we saw the great classics, the real trademark looks of the label, the bohemian and diaphanous side, but at the same time there was something new that she has incorporated in this collection, the more sporty style, with chic tracksuits and the very casual chic, the Eddie Porter look. Furthermore, I really liked how she used huge amounts of colour, very colourful, and in the choice of colour there was something very modern about it,” she said.

The final look of the show saw Keller choose a look which remained true to its boho nymph-like roots, a long pastel blue and salmon pink flowing gown, soft yellow and green lines, with multi-coloured tassels swinging by her side: the epitome of a Chloe girl.