written by Filippa Berg


In an industry constantly ­searching for untapped sources of inspiration, Chloe’s Claire Waight Keller clamied 1970’s biker babe Ann-France Dautheville as her muse for the freewheeling FW16 collection. In 1973, Dautheville was the first woman to ride solo on a motorcycle across the world. She kept on doing so until 1981 when French legislation made it impossible for anyone to leave the country with more than 2,000 francs, which deemed Anne-France’s rideabouts literally impossible. Up until then she had supported herself by writing about her travels as a freelance journalist and as an author. Dautheville’s buzzed about books “Girl on a Motorcycle” and And I Followed the Wind” (published in 1973 and 1975) documents her travels and hopefully her newfound hype will help having them translated to English asap. Because all I want to do right now is to join the ride! Meanwhile, Chloe’s clothes might do the trick. But I’d rather buy an airline ticket to Alice Springs, Australia, than spend the same amount on a pair of leather overalls labeled Chloe. Luckily, I already own the vintage version.


Outfit: Jacket, Céline vintage . Leather overalls, Hollies vintage. Striped top, Dorothée Bis vintage. Japanese silk scarf, vintage. Boots, Frye vintage.
Below: Chloé FW16 meets the muse.