Sir Philip Green’s daughter, Chloe Green designed a debut shoe collection for Topshop earlier this year. Having previously appeared on Made in Chelsea, Chloe claimed that she starred in Made in Chelsea so people could “see the real me.’ She has now made her first foray into the family business when she launched her shoe collection. Since Chloe previously confessed to owning more then 50 pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes, maybe she does know a thing or two about shoe making.
The Made in Chelsea star has apparently always shown an entrepreneurial flair and has even expressed an ambition to one-day takeover the Arcadia empire. She added; ‘Dad would bring me in to meetings when I was 10 to show me how the industry worked. I would point out things I liked and didn’t like and I’ve been doing it ever since. I think he saw that I had an eye for clothes and design from an early age.’
Her first collection, which was released online and in the Topshop flagship store on Oxford Street, proved to be a sold out success. “Designing my first shoe collection is a dream come true. Each shoe is named after someone special to me. Look out for my signature green sole!”
Each shoe from her first collection has a green sole, which is reference to her famous surname ‘Green’ and has received controversial comments about similarities to the famously known Louboutin red sole heel.
Her father’s friend and model Kate Moss has said that Chloe’s shoe collection “Is great.”
CJG, after the designer’s own initials, is a capsule of hyper-high heels and wedges for the ultra-glamorous; every style of footwear, be it stilettos or booties, is equipped with a towering platform that makes other vertiginous shoes on the market look practically sensible in comparison. “My girlfriends and I sat down and spoke about shoes,” Green says. “What we wanted, needed, and everything kind of started from there.”
Hadley Freeman said in an article; “Maybe Chloe will turn out to be the next Manolo Blahnik. For her sake, I hope so. But when someone is apparently unaware that their heavy reliance on their parents’ connections and money in order to achieve their career ambitions will always raise questions about their true merit, it does make me question their judgment in other areas”.
This raises an interesting point and with Chloe Green releasing another collection for autumn/winter 2012, we will all be able to see how much of a successful fashion designer tycoon’s daughter really is.
The AW12 collection, which is also going to be available in Selfridge’s, is a 15 piece collection which will include not only heels but jewellery and scarves too. Already a far cry from the glittering, metallic and neon creations in her first collection, we wait with baited breath.
Written by: Sejal Patel