Chloé FALL 2022 Ready To Wear collection had an interesting message attached to it. The creative director, Gabriela Hearst said:
“We think about the climate crisis, we’re able to see the climate crisis, but now it’s time to start visualizing climate success. And there are many ways of doing it. Rewilding is one of them.”
Leaving nature alone to let it heal and flourish, I completely understand that. The message is clear but the delivery is a little… If she wanted to leave nature and animals alone, she would have used vegan leather and other alternatives. Gabriela did the opposite, her idea was to use the animals to make clothes but use the whole thing (the meat of the animal can be eaten and the skin should be used for clothes, accessories, etc). I get it but…it’s like you want two opposite things: you want to heal the planet and leave animals alone but you also want to use real leather to make things…Okay, I’ll just stick with the collection and ignore her comment lol.
For those who may not know, let’s start with a little history lesson about Chloé. One of the most famous creative directors, Karl Lagerfeld (R.I.P), used to design for the french house. Lagerfeld joined the Maison founder Gaby Aghion at Chloé in 1964 and designed under the label and Fendi well into the ’70s. From 1975 onward, Lagerfeld was the sole designer of Chloé. Stella McCartney, a fresh graduate from Central Saint Martins, got in the driver’s seat of Chloé in 1997 at only 25. (She had big shoes to fill, her predecessor was Karl Lagerfeld). McCartney’s time at Chloé was monumental but short–only four years. She’s a well-known vegan like her parents (Linda and Paul McCartney…yes the Beatles Paul McCartney)
Stella brought her passion for living the vegan life on the runway and it was a huge success, she would use alternatives to leather and many other fabrics. Showing all of us that you don’t have to wear the skin of an animal to feel lux. Back in the 90s when people weren’t really supporting the cause of veganism or vegetarianism, the brand did very well with her at the helm. She had great success and was able to leave Chloé and start her well-established brand ‘Stella McCartney’. I gotta keep this post short but here is the timeline of Chloé’s creative directors, all of them being very successful after their time with the brand.
Back to Gabriela, she is all about knowing where materials are sourced from. So rather than using leather alternatives or “vegan leather” or any of its fruit or mushroom substitutes, or its fossil fuel-derived polyester lookalikes (used variously by McCartney), She used real leather. Made from cow hides.
“For me, leather is a by-product of the meat industry. So, as long as you know where it’s coming from, and you have traceability and it’s done in a proper way, you’re using waste.”
The leather comes from Italian suppliers, whose tanning processes are compliant with European environmental standards. Everything was done in an ethical way so no crime was committed. Not sure how PETA feels about it but let’s get to the looks.
Honestly, I loved this show. It starts with a lot of leather dresses, pants, skirts, you name it. Leather was the star of this show and the show was beautiful. One of our favourite parts of the show was fashion blankets and the gilet layered over a coat worn as the final look by Amber Valletta. Gabriela commissioned the African-American Gee’s Bend women quilters of Alabama. The artist community used Chloé’s deadstock scraps to create beautiful pieces of art for the collection.
Overall, the show was lovely, it’s defiantly a modest dresser’s dream, so many of the looks can be worn modestly and the colours used for the show are perfect for fall. Warm tan colours, classic black and whites, burgundy, orange, blue… The whole collection is giving Utah, desert vibes, and classic, clean looks.
Take a look below at some of our favourite looks.
Chloé FALL 2022 Ready To Wear Fall
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