Clare Waight Keller dedicated her Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Chloe to one of the house's founders, Gaby Aghion, who died the day before it took to the catwalk. The show felt then like a reverent and relevant remembrance of Aghion, who started the business more than fifty years ago.
The house’s usual utilitarian prettiness was here in spades, worked into jumpsuits and combat trousers that came in light wool, silk and eventually covered with lace. But it took in some of the boho flourishes that Waight Keller introduced last season, in ring-loop details around hems of suede dresses, and plenty of broderie.
Still, it felt right-headed. Denim, lace-front blouses, and peasant tops with delightfully billowing balloon sleeves gave this collection a frontier feel. And that felt apt for its connotations not only of adventure and spirit, but also for grit and graft.