11.3.08

Oh, Dear.

It's been more than a little surprising to learn that Paolo Melim Andersson is leaving Chloé, after just three seasons on the job, and more surprising still because it really wasn't a badly done job at all, as far as these things go. Designers have been sacked in much shorter time spans earlier (Alessandra Facchinetti at Gucci, for starters), but this is slightly saddening because I actually liked his version of the Chloé girl- not nearly as sugary as the Philo version and a lot stompier, but still quite recognisably a girl. Now that Hannah McGibbon, a Philo-era team member, is going to take charge of the ship, I suppose we'll just have to wait and watch...and hope that no one else whose work I admire gets the fashion version of the pink slip...

9 comments:

enc said...

Chloe seems a bit of a hot potato these days. I'll be watching and waiting.

susie-bubble said...

I wasn't that surprised considering all the 'talk' going around in the industry ever since he stepped into the position...filling in Philo's shoes was always gonna be a toughie.... we shall see...

Mira said...

I loved when Philo was in 'charge'.

Dianna said...

it will be interesting to see what this means for our beloved chloe...

riz said...

I kinda liked Phoebe actually...His work wasn't TERRIBLE, but it just stick out to me...

Blue Floppy Hat said...

I just realised the post made it sound like I hated the Philo era...I didn't, really- in fact I quite liked it, but something about Andersson's work appealed to my tastes I guess. And Philo did sugary rather well.

enc said...

I didn't get the impression you didn't care for the Philo Era after reading your post. I thought it was fine!

Meg said...

I thought Phoebe Philo took Chloe to a great place, but I have to give PMA credit for attempting to try something new and doing it quite well - he didn't go over the top and create collections that were too zany and weird, there was a market for what he created, unfortunately it just wasn't AS marketable as what Philo was putting out there.

And as for Alessandra Facchinetti, I think she's going to do a decent at Valentino, her a/w collection looked like she was playing it safe, but she created a respectful collection that paid homage to a master - and that pink tulle with navy coat number! I'm dedicating a post to that dress. I think the fact that she was sacked was a blessing in disguise.

Ohmyemily said...

PMA was really starting to grow on me, I did really like his last collection. A think its a pity but to be honest Chloe is one of those brands that I feel is better with a women designing for them.

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