Why Gabriela Hearst modelled in her own debut Chloe show

Chloe is the Parisian fashion house known for its boho-elegant style, a look masterminded by founder Gaby Aghion, who craved clothes which felt luxurious but more laid back than the standard fare on offer in the New Look-shaped Fifties. 100 years after Aghion’s birth, her latest successor at Chloe, Gabriela Hearst, showed her debut collection.

Not only do the two women share the same name (a fact which convinced Hearst that it was meant to be), but also a passion for challenging the status quo. Where Aghion’s trailblazing came in the form of silhouettes and ideas about what women should wear, for Hearst it’s a mission to combine luxury and sustainability. If you needed a singular example of how far eco clothing has come since those days when it was dismissed as being a sackcloth horror show, then look no further than Hearst’s New York-based own label cashmere shawls and

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