Greatest Hits aren’t just synonymous with music collections. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Chloé, the fashion house founded by Gaby Aghion, and which was later under the creative direction of Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, Hannah Macgibbon and most recently, Clare Waight Keller, has released a capsule collection featuring 16 looks from its archives. The collection, released March 1st, is exclusive to online retailer Net-A-Porter and includes some of Chloé’s most iconic pieces, including Karl Lagerfeld’s trompe l’œil violin dress from the S/S 1983 collection, Phoebe Philo’s Paddington bags from S/S 2005 (which gained a cult following), and Stella McCartney’s S/S 2001 pineapple print shirt.
Although the collection spans six decades of very distinctive looks, they all contain the essence of Chloé, as well as a timeless quality. When speaking about an upcoming book regarding the history of Chloé, set to arrive fall 2013, Waight Keller told WWD, “you sense a different woman through the different eras, but she’s always had a Chloé spirit to her. This is not an archive of ballgowns, this is an archive of women’s wardrobes through the eras.” This Chloé spirit, I assume, is somewhat based on what the founder, Gaby Aghion, had in mind for Chloé at the brand’s inception, or clothing that would “make people happy.”
P.S. Aren’t the sketches of the collection, by fashion illustrator Sandra Suy, stunning?
Blouse and Day Dress from F/W 1960
Three of the looks for sale.