Hannah MacGibbon has great personal style. Finally, it was reflected in her fall collection for Chloé, a balance between the ultra-feminine and effortlessly masculine. Coats and pants were extra roomy, but luxurious in black suede or chocolate brown leather. Even a two-tone leather leisure suit looked chic and believable, especially when worn with a roomy bucket bag.
This was a courageous collection, designed with the conviction of one who leads, not follows. MacGibbon showed a brave commitment to snakeskin, and there was no taming it. She offered it in a full coat, on a jumpsuit, and as a print on the lightest of chiffon, and again in mint green on a skirt.
As if that wasn’t bold enough, next came a multi-colored patchwork poncho, this season’s camel cape that had a stream of designers running to the drawing board. Color-blocked knit and suede tops were worn with blouses tucked neatly underneath, leather cuffs protruding or with a leather blouse with an attached scarf blowing freely. There were also black suede and leather moments as well, particularly a suspender skirt and trousers withmatching bucket bag, worn with a super-sheer pleated white blouse reminiscent of Emmanuelle, those chic soft-porn movies from the 70s. Perhaps this was a return to Chloé’s heyday.