Hannah MacGibbon has hit her stride. After several shaky seasons at Chloe, the British-born designer finally managed to capture the cool Paris label's romantic, slightly bohemian attitude.
In the fall-winter 2010-11 ready-to-wear collection Tuesday, MacGibbon delivered clean-lined silhouettes in camel and chambray, with plain-fronted high-waisted pants and crewneck sweaters, oversized hooded coats and romantic button-down blouses.
A-line capes in butterscotch felt were paired with wide-legged tweed trousers and knit jumpsuits that exuded relaxed, '70s Parisian chic. There was also a hint of the American West in the long coats with leather fringe and high-rise leather shorts.
In 2008, MacGibbon became the third designer to try to fill the enormous shoes of critical darling Phoebe Philo, who doubled the label's sales during her tenure there.
In her previous collections, MacGibbon fielded many of the same elements as in Tuesday's show for example, the high-waisted pants with paper-bag closures - but none of her previous efforts matched this display for sheer confidence, sharpness and focus.
By Jenny Barchfield