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CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC SPRING 2018 COLLECTION – NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Fashion Show SS 2018 New-York
Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Fashion Show SS 2018

 

The Spring 2018 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC collection takes its inspiration from cinema, from the dream-factory of Hollywood and its depictions of both an American nightmare, and the all-powerful American dream. Thriller heroines, heroes and antiheroes. The aesthetic codes of movie protagonists are endlessly remixed, their meanings given new interpretation and celebration.

Drawn from the same source material, but created separately, artist Sterling Ruby’s site-specific installation for the Spring runway show underscores these themes. The work uses as its base the installation from the Fall 2017 show, just as the collection builds on the foundation established by its predecessor – a new wardrobe, of American archetypes.

The “clues” of horror, but also of dreams, inspire the collection. Here, there is never any horror without beauty. Cinema’s distinct visual vocabulary of symbols and signs, is cut-up, recontextualized and reassembled, to create a plurality of dress. Multiple signifiers of the tropes of thrillers are combined in single outfits, creating new assemblages. They are ‘edited’ – like a movie – to define a fresh narrative.

“It’s about American horror and American beauty,” says Raf Simons. “Fashion tries to hide the horror and embrace only beauty. But they are both a part of life. This collection is a celebration of that: a celebration of American life.”

Mid-century American couture silhouettes are rendered industrial, reiterated in nylon, rubber specially-molded in Ohio and hand-painted leather. Lumberjack checks are used for tailored men’s suits. Pom-poms are reappropriated for fringed dresses, handbags or keyrings, and nightgowns become evening-gowns. Material surfaces are disturbed, distressed, rubber-stamped, faded and splattered. The collection’s dominant colors are safety orange, yellow, black, overwhelmingly red.

Fishnet, silk slips, rubber against skin. These reference a corporeality that speaks of both sexuality and mortality. The lineage of these movies can be traced back to urban myths, to puritan cautionary tales warning adolescents of the perils of moral transgression and the dangers of youthful sexuality – and the history of CALVIN KLEIN is tied up with transgressive sexuality.

The quintessence of CALVIN KLEIN’s identity can be discovered, again and again. Like these movies, CALVIN KLEIN is also an American institution, a symbol in and of itself. It reflects one facet of that always-inspiring American Dream. A pair of the brand’s iconic perfume bottles – ETERNITY and OBSESSED – become totemic charms, hanging from belts and handbags like tools, weapons or trophies.

In exploring America, Raf Simons found Andy Warhol – an artist whose work has helped define both the contemporary identity of American culture, and also the world’s perceptions of it. In a unique collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, this collection incorporates a selection of Warhol artworks as placement screen-prints.

The pieces feature portraits of Warhol intimate and art collector Sandra Brant (1971) and the movie star Dennis Hopper (1971). The latter wrote, directed and starred in the film Easy Rider (1969), which has come to define contemporary notions of American machismo.

The curation also includes Knives (1981-2), Electric Chair (1964-65) and Ambulance Disaster (1963-64) from Warhol’s Death and Disaster Series. This body of work depicts real-life horror and trauma, but transforms them into images that resemble film stills – here, they are laid alongside Brant and Hopper, the muses of the collection. Horror is juxtaposed, always, with dreams. It always becomes beautiful. Good always triumphs.

 

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CALVIN KLEIN ESTABLISHED 1968 FALL 2017 MEN’S + WOMEN’S FASHION SHOW LIVE STREAMING – NEW YORK FEBRUARY 10TH 10AM

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BACKSTAGE CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION WOMEN’S FALL 2015 – NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

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CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION WOMEN’S FALL 2015 – NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

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Fall Fashion Woman Calvin Klein Collection

 

Calvin Klein Collection Fall 2015

Francisco Costa, Women’s Creative Director

Urban eroticism. Introducing the Fall 2015 women’s Calvin Klein Collection, where unexpected, contrasting proportions collide and come to life.

Silhouettes. Simply streamlined. Sophisticated yet sporty; delicately blended and free-spirited. Skirts in full length or minis allude to the daringly, unpredictable purity and provocation of the collection. Urban sportswear transforms as a second skin with metallic knit jumpsuits and turtlenecks paired with patchwork and patent leather. Coats are key for the season with reinterpreted trenches and mini peacoats. Evening emerges with a maxi dress with a plunging neckline, constructed from a web of precisely linked skins.

Fabrics. Manipulated, textural leathers and softly luxe wools ground the collection. Cashmere and woven chenille are contrasted by parchment leather and shearling, which is sometimes curled, sheared, embossed, raised, or needle punched for effect. Patchwork provides an intricate artisan appeal, while deconstructed, frayed edges and stud details add a youthful, yet elevated exuberance.

Palette. A gradient at feminine and naturally subtle hues — ranging from ivory to blush and wood — form the base. Complimenting shades of black, forest, terracotta, aubergine, and burgundy add powerful depth to the line. Hints of metallic accents bring shimmer and allure, while patent surfaces give a luxurious, glossy undertone.

Accessories. Refined paradox. Chicly crafted in stretch suede or stretch napa, the boot and tall boot are lightweight and feminine with a square toe. An oversized, front-zip boot and an updated Mary Jane emerge in various shades at patent or haircalf with a mid-heel. The low-side loafer in patent or tortoise print features a tortoiseshell heel. The signature chain-link Calvin bag has evolved into mini clutch, saddle bag, and crossbody sling variations, featuring an oversized resin or tortoise strap.

 

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