Chloe, Paris Fashion Week 2012: Clare Waight Kellernew Blends English Ease, French Sophistication

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CHLOE PARIS FASHION WEEK
Wearability and light shone from Chloe's fall-winter collection Monday — unsurprising, perhaps, from the house whose founder coined the original phrase "ready-to-wear" more than 60 years ago. (ALEXANDER KLEIN, AFP/Getty) | AFP/Getty Images

PARIS - Wearability and light shone from Chloe's fall-winter collection Monday — unsurprising, perhaps, from the house whose founder coined the original phrase "ready-to-wear" more than 60 years ago.

A sense of spring, not fall, bloomed from the largely off-white array of diaphanous silk blouses, scattered pearls and applique lace flowers on display at a sky-lit showroom in Paris' central Tuileries garden.

Dimensional patchwork in wool that was felted gave the knitwear a playful, sporty ease, with airy lace sweaters. Even the British military parka constructions were cushioned by padding and soft-quilted silks.

One knit effect Teddy shearling in a leather V-neck captured the bohemian chic look of the Glastonbury music festival — all with a Parisian neatness and sophistication.

Clare Waight Keller, who became Chloe's new creative director in June, conceded that her move to Paris six months ago could help explain the cross-Channel contrasts in Monday's collection.

"I've just come from London where there's a different spirit," she said backstage. "I love Paris, but the Chloe girl is somewhere in between."

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