The 2006 Chloé fall ready-to-wear show was not well-remembered or well-regarded in fashion history. Phoebe Philo had just left the label and, with no head designer, the show was put together by committee. When laid out side-by-side, the looks of the collection are admittedly lacking in color, shape, and intrigue.
Indeed, the clunky 2006 fall Chloé shoe, perhaps modeled off of Philo’s wooden platforms from the previous spring season, are still very remembered in all their variations – buckled, optional laces, light brown, dark brown, even patent black. For years after, Jeffrey Campbell peddled the horsey (and frankly, more famous) Lita pump, an oft-compared copy with none the nuance of design.
As soon as I saw these Chloé shoes, I knew I had to have them. I still have the Yoox receipt from 2008 – my sister helped me purchase them for Christmas several seasons later on clearance. I still wear them occasionally – ten years after they made their runway debut. And I still stalk the other models from the collection on resale sites.
But it wasn’t just the shoes that caught my attention; the dark, woolen, minimal cool-girl-news-boy clothing has always resonated with me. The muted palette and simply-layered elements called to mind the “mori girl” (forest girl) fashion movement in Japan.
Chloe fall 2006 shoes