It’s been 60 years since Chloé’s fateful debut collection at Le Café de Flore, a Rive Gauche favorite among artists and boho young things whose laissez-faire spirit came to define the label. On Friday, Chloé celebrated six decades in a diamond jubilee of historic proportions (because why should the Queen of England have all the fun?).
Historic, because the house’s Egyptian founder, Gaby Aghion, made a rare public appearance. Surprisingly charismatic, even at 91, she held court in the newly renovated Palais de Tokyo as guests including Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld, Franca Sozzani, Jonathan Newhouse and Emmanuelle Alt paid their respects, to the tunes of Little Boots and Cecile Cassel & The Twins.
The celebration also served to launch Chloé Attitudes, a retrospective consisting of 70 signature looks over the years. On display are archival pieces from each of Chloé’s nine designers, starting with Gaby Aghion and continuing through Maxime de La Falaise, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, and, currently, Clare Waight Keller.
We caught up with curator Judith Clark, who told us, “A lot of this is being put together for the first time, so sometimes I have been the first person to see drawings, documents, and cuttings. What people underestimate about Chloé is how witty the designs have always been, how whimsical, and still exist in the same spirit.”