The 4 Questions of NYFW (Take #9): Chloe Gosselin

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Shoe designer Chloe Gosselin, who has become a favorite of the Barneys ladies crowd, presented her fall/winter 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week on Sunday, February 12. The designer featured snake tongue backs and plenty of velvet, lace and, of course, leather. Models also wore “Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood” buttons in honor of both the CFDA’s and Gosselin’s support of the organization.

In the age of social media and Instagram, what do you think the purpose of Fashion Week is now?

As you know, over 40 brands are doing the partnership with CFDA and Planned Parenthood. Of course, when they asked me to do this, I said of course. I have some upcoming projects with Planned Parenthood as well. To realize that I can use this voice to help has made me feel better given the current political climate we are in right now.

Is there anything you would want to change about Fashion Week?

I was just talking to Ken Downing about how hard it is right now. It’s not that cold, but you still want to be able to buy a jacket, but it’s all spring and summer stuff in the stores. We all agree that it’s getting kind of obsolete to show an entire year ahead. Especially with Instagram where people see things and want them now. For smaller brands it’s hard to do because we don’t know the numbers and what is going to be picked up by wholesalers. People want stuff now, and they want sandals when it’s warm and boots when it’s cold.

What’s the one pair of heels in your collection that you don’t think any woman should live without?

Tough question, because with shoes I feel you either want the basics that you can wear with everything, or they want that one piece you don’t wear that often but you love so much. I’m going to pick two. I’m going to have to go with my booties that have the snake tongue in the back that has a low heel, and for the pair you don’t wear that often I’ll go with the Mary Jane that has a flower on it based on a 20s flower. It’s very special and comes in velvet.


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