Chloé Fall-Winter 2023 - Paris Fashion Week

Chloé Fall/Winter 2023 – Paris Fashion Week

March 5, 2023

Gabriela Hearst, the creative director of Chloé, has once again showcased her passion for telling the stories of overlooked women. Her latest collection was inspired by the Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, a woman who thrived as an artist in 17th century Italy despite facing a horrific rape and trial.

Hearst’s collection not only showcases her love for telling women’s stories but also ties into her other passion, sustainability. The brand has been transitioning to become a purpose-driven and B Corp certified company, and this collection is about empowering women as a solution to the climate crisis.

The themes of Gentileschi’s work, such as the depiction of strong women protagonists, were brought to life through various forms of expression in Hearst’s collection. ‘’The Book of Esther’’ was interpreted through embroidery on a leather skirt and a folkloric-looking tapestry dress, crafted by Mumbai-based Chanakya International. This studio provides women from low-income communities with education in hand embroidery.

In addition to these bold expressions, the Gentileschi theme was also subtly displayed in historical silhouettes such as a black and white wool gauze gown, a romantic puffer cape made from recycled nylon, and a cognac leather off-shoulder minidress. Hearst’s minimalist approach to design was also evident in practical pieces like leather outerwear, suiting with metal coin buttons, and lace knit dresses.

In just three years, Gabriela Hearst has successfully established the formula for Chloé, but there’s always room for a little plot twist. Regardless, Hearst continues to captivate audiences with her unique vision and passion for telling women’s stories through fashion.