Creative Director Gabriela Hearst aspired to create swimwear with the highest savoir-faire and instinctively chose to team up with ERES and its Creative Director Marie-Paule Minchelli to craft the swimsuits and bikinis. Chloé meanwhile has made a range of beachwear essentials spanning ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, eyewear, and hats inspired by the Maison’s design signatures including broderie anglaise and trademark ‘C’ detailing.
The Chloé x ERES swimwear is made from Peau Douce – an innovative second skin material created by ERES that combines elasticity, resistance, shape and comfort – and comes in earthy colours inspired by the Mediterranean. ‘Summer Night’, ‘Iconic Milk’ and ‘Red Ochre’ hues are contrasted with more classic shades of Black and Brown. An additional colourway ‘Dark Honey’, which both Marie-Paule Minchelli and Gabriela Hearst regularly use in their collections for ERES and Chloé respectively, will be available exclusively on Net-A-Porter.
Chloé’s singular femininity is expressed through both the cut and fabrications of the Chloé x ERES swimwear. The shoulder flounces of the ‘Philippine’ swimsuit and ‘Polynesia Palau’ bikini are reminiscent of Chloé’s distinctive winged silhouette, while the botanical motifs in broderie anglaise, that adorn these designs as well as the ‘Pacific’ swimsuit and ‘Papuasia Peru’ bikini, introduce another distinctive code of the Maison. The ‘C’ emblem that features on iconic Chloé bags such as the Mate hobo has been reinterpreted by ERES as hardware – creating sun ray ruching on the waist of the ‘Panama’ swimsuit and uniting the two cups of the ‘Papeete Paraguay’ bikini top.
Chloé’s steadfast commitment to continuously improving its environmental and social impact is reflected throughout the Chloé x ERES collection. The Peau Douce material used for the swimwear is derived from castor oil-based polyamide and the ‘Patricia’ shirt and ‘Paloma’ skirt are cut from embroidered linen. Linen cultivation emits fewer greenhouse gases and requires less water, making it a lower-impact material by nature compared to other conventional fabrics. The ‘Palma’ basket bag with its leather handles, removable pouch, ‘C’ hardware and interior Chloe ERES co-branding was made in collaboration with Mifuko, a Kenyan-based social enterprise that has been partnering with Chloé for several consecutive seasons.
Meaning ‘pocket’ in Swahili, with fair pay and less dependence on unpredictable farming as a source of income, Mifuko empowers its artisans in Kenya and ensures no one is left with empty pockets. Leather Working Group1 certified tanneries are used for the embroidered ‘Paz’ sandals, as well as the ‘Paula’ sunglasses frames, and the ‘Piia’ hat is crafted from recycled organic cotton canvas with tonal embroideries on the lining.
The Chloé x ERES collection will be available in Chloé and ERES boutiques and online from April 28th 2023.