We’re getting major flashbacks at the Chloé Fall/Winter 2020 runway show. It’s like the fabric of time and space has been ripped and the 70s was double-exposed with the 2020s. Natacha Ramsay-Levi, Creative Director of the French fashion house, delivered us a nostalgic wardrobe for the modern woman today with thick brown leather belts cinching the waist, effotrlessly flared pants, checks and sherpa collars on button down pieces. With regards to her vision for this collection in particular, Ramsay-Levi said, “It’s about a community of creative spirits.” And immediately we get it.
There is a free-spirited quality to the pieces seen on the runway—a sort of bohemian take on the bourgeois uniform. Ramsay-Levi has also incorporated the works of artists in her runway show for Chloé, such as the Rita Ackermann painting on the invitation card, the golden pillar sculptures by Marion Verboom that lined the runway and even a soundtrack that came in the form of spoken-word by poets like Marianne Faithfull. This show is clearly from beginning to end a creative endeavour by female creators of today. The subtlety in the message makes this empowering message more nuanced. The French are certainly masters in the art of subtlety.
The seamlessness of the collaboration between artist and designer makes for an effortless fashion statement, especially in the gorgeous dresses that are decorated with Rita Ackermann’s illustrations. Even leather outerwear pieces and tailored blazers carry with them an aura of softness that is reflected in the entire collection. This is exactly feminist-centric fashion should be. Bravo!