June 22, 2010 New York
After a Fall collection for Chloé that erred perhaps too much on the side of ladylike, Hannah MacGibbon has produced a more youthful lineup this time around. The creamy makeup palette is back. The slightly seventies vibe is in effect, too. So what's changed? For starters, there's a timely spareness to the silhouette: no pleats on the trousers and no overpowering bows on shirts, either. A long-sleeve ecru canvas and leather dress whipstitched at the waist is utterly wearable. Ditto a three-piece pantsuit in the same pale shade, and a simple yet chic black all-in-one. MacGibbon has always seemed print-averse; here she chose a subtle tone-on-tone floral for an adorable blouse and high-waisted shorts set. The brick red she used for a leather T-shirt and a button-front canvas skirt was eye-catching, too. For Resort, of course, play is always the thing, but the lightness and girlishness of this collection are both positive changes.
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