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Paulo out at Chloe


After Paulo Andersson’s most recent collection for the house of Chloe, fashion critic Cathy Horyn said the following:

“…Paulo Melim Andersson, cannot create a look that is either uniquely Chloé or interesting. He creates pastiches from three or four trends, like the filmy draped dress and tweed boyfriend jacket, and then adds splashes of embroidery and sexy pointed footwear. Paisley and floral prints, in rose and slate-blue tones, at least looked fresh, but as with any magpie operation, most of the styles had a half-consumed look.?

Ouch. But it seems as if she wasn’t the only one not totally impressed with Mr. Andersson.

Yesterday, Chloe announced that it would be parting ways with the creative director after only three seasons together. Hannah MacGibbon – former assistant to Valentino – was named as his successor.

While we think it’s a bit unfair to compare him to Phoebe Philo, Cathy was spot on with her assertion about the unoriginal aspect of Paulo’s designs (think:chunky platforms from Fall 07).

Also, the accessories – the handbags in particular – were really tragic under Paulo’s control. And since that’s what accounts for the majority of the brands revenue, the split makes a lot of sense.

So, Auf wiedersehen Paulo.

Meanwhile, we think Esteban Cortazar will be up next on the chopping block. Unless Naomi and Cindy plan on saving him again.


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