Always in tune with the times, Gabriela Hearst put climate change at the forefront of the Chloé SS23 women’s spring-summer 2023 collection unveiled today in Paris from the Pavillon Vendôme. If you know Gabriela Hearst, you know that she highlights and foregrounds cultures and issues that are relevant to the times. This season is fusion energy.
“In this chapter of climate success, our research has focused on fusion energy as a clean, peaceful and large-scale energy source. What I did not expect to experience during our visits to ITER (public sector), Commonwealth Fusion Systems and Helion (private sector), was the powerful passion that came over me to announce the good news to all those who were listening. The energy that drives our universe will, in the not-too-distant future, help power our world and solve many of our concerns today,” Hearst states in the House notes.
It was not just a collection of beautiful fashion. A lot of thought and research has gone into the look. Hearst and his team researched fusion and engaged in conversations with engineers, scientists, and Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Helion Energy, and ITER to create the collection.
ITER is on the cutting edge of energy, bringing together thirty-five countries in hopes of building the world’s largest tokamak reactor, a device designed to prove the feasibility of fusion for a large-scale power source.
According to the House: Chloé has made efforts to limit the environmental impact of the SS23 collection through the use of low-impact materials, which represent 64% of the product offered this season (above the annual commitment of the 60% house).
One of the first looks to hit the runway were dresses with cutouts on the sides of the midsection. “Leather dresses are cinched at the waist with scaffolding seams; asymmetrical jackets with curved sleeves pair with loose rave pants, and the volumes of winged and heart-shaped dresses are amplified. For more dynamism, there are motorcycle-inspired leather jackets and long coats with whipstitching along the seams,” the Maison shares in notes.
“Our lives are already fueled by fusion – the fusion of hydrogen at the core of our Sun providing light and heat on Earth. For humans to emulate this force of nature – building mini-Suns as a clean energy source concentrated – is both hugely ambitious and a tsunami of hope for the future. At ITER, 35 countries are pooling their best scientific and technical minds to make this dream a reality,” says Laban Coblentz, Head of Communications for ITER.
Hearst and his team imagined looks made from low-impact knitted cashmere mesh and paired them with textured linen tailoring. The looks are matched like the white trouser suit – a trend coming out of the SS23 show, a white look being more trench in essence with a crop top. The short leather dresses, one in yellow and the other in red calfskin are beautiful but unique.
Chloe is no stranger to accessories. The collection. The Odina cork platform shoes include gold or silver, and the Pip show’s minimal m transparent wedge is contrasted with braided leather trim. “Leather dresses are cinched at the waist with scaffolding seams; asymmetrical jackets with curved sleeves pair with loose rave pants, and the volumes of winged and heart-shaped dresses are amplified. For more dynamism, there are motorcycle-inspired leather jackets and long coats with whipstitching along the seams,” notes the Maison.
Chloe is no stranger to accessories. The collection. The Odina cork platform shoes include gold or silver, and the Pip show’s minimal m transparent wedge is contrasted with braided leather trim. The Penelope handbag comes in 3 variations and comes in 3 sizes and various fabrics ranging from grained leather to raffia or mesh with details ranging from branding to pom poms. And the Pénélope earrings are in line with the aesthetics of the House, which is in line with the bags and other pieces in the jewelry collection.
Hearst has partnered with women’s organizations in Lebanon like Sarah’s Bags to create accessories from the collection and showcase women’s work. Ever so Gabriela Hearst, it’s a collection that’s not only stylish but rooted in social causes to bring environmental and social causes that impact the earth to the fore.