Fashion: Chloë, Queen of Quirky

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The Independent Online

Two words that do not sit easily together in acceptable fashion idiom are "celebrity" and "collaboration". When models and musicians play designer for a day, the results are, at best, patchy. Even Kate Moss, whose fashion capital could hardly be more secure, hasn't really managed to wow the industry with her Topshop collections.

But there is always an exception, and in this instance it has arrived in the form of American actress Chloë Sevigny and her range for New York clothing label Opening Ceremony, which will be available from next week in Selfridges.

Sevigny, who made her name in indie flicks such as Larry Clark's Kids, is the offbeat fashion icon par excellence, regularly hailed for her quirky red-carpet style, so fashion-world ears pricked up when the project was announced last summer.

As inspirations go, the boredom of growing up in suburban Connecticut doesn't seem a promising start, but Sevigny's teenage days running up clothes to escape her mundane surroundings have paid off: the range is a satisfying mix of vintage-inspired separates. High-waisted skirts and skinny Capri pants in Liberty-style floral prints and gingham have a 1950s Rockabilly feel, while a preppy blazer and body-con jersey mini-dresses channel a 1980s vibe.

Sevigny says she wanted to produce a selection of simple pieces that would encourage women to be as idiosyncratic as she is, mixing and accessorising her line to create their own style. The clothes themselves certainly reproduce the actress' trademark cool; wearing them as well as she does will be the challenge.