Fall 2015 Chloe by Clare Waight Keller Velvet Closing Runway Look 45 Velvet Patchwork Dress

Vogue raved about this show saying that it was Clare's most confident Chloe show to date. The show had a bit of a folksy feel to it and given what we just saw on the recent Chloe runway this feel very relevant still. Clare said after the show that "To be modern, it has to be real. I really wanted to capture something confident, but still with a carefree spirit. I can only describe the Chloé girl as a 'gentlewoman,' wearing guardsmen's coats and gentlemen's clothing, but still with the flou and lingerie lace. There is something clean and narrow about her silhouette, but still with a fluidity to it." The twin of this dress was the final look presented in the show and it was just one of several amazing pieces in that collection. The skirt in the same fabric was used in the ad campaign and it appeared in several editorials and on red carpets. 

The dress is made out of a soft velvet that has an incredible patchwork print covering its entire surface. The neckline is lightly scooped at the front and then the back crosses over itself to create a deep open plunge. I love that this leaves a bare expanse of skin at the back. It is completely unexpected and when you turn around it is a little unanticipated sexiness. The sleeves are long and easy. The body of the dress is cut to be loose and easy over you with an almost caftan feel to it from the front. It skims over the bust and the waist and hips are meant to be loose and easy. From there the skirt falls in this extravagant swoosh of bias cut velvet that has incredible movement when you move. At the waist area there is a long cord that has stops on each side of the waist. You can use these to adjust and add shape through the waist or leave it completely open so it has that more caftan feel. The ties hang down each side and add a touch more movement when you walk. Because of the way that it is crossed over at the back the skirt is also crossed over and a slit is created so you get a flash of leg as you walk. It is so well made that you can even wear it backwards like Karen Elson when she wore its twin. The patchwork print is fabulous and gives it its fabulously glamorous bohemian feel. It is immensely flattering once on and should work an a wide variety of shapes. This is a dress you will want to wear over and over. And it has pockets. It appears to have been worn very little if at all. Excellent condition

The body of the dress is fully lined in a black silk chiffon and the sleeves are unlined. It slips over the head to wear and then you can adjust the waist as described above. Tagged a 38. The loose and easy cut should work on a range of sizes. On a smaller frame it will just feel more like a caftan

Sleeves: approx 27" to their longest points
Soft shoulders: 16"
Bust: to 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam and then can be cinched with the cording
Hips: to 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Total length: 63" from the shoulder to the hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG

Item# DD4703

Reference Photos/Videos: (1-5) Fall 2015 Chloe, Final Look 45. Model Ophelie Guillermand.  /  (6) Fall 2015 Chloe Ad Campaign.  /  (7) Harley Weir for Vogue Italia, August 2015.  /  (8) Liya Kebede by David Sims for Vogue, September 2015.  /  (9) Photographed by Will Davidson for Vogue Australia, November 2015.  /  (10) Karen Elson at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards, 2015.

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