Runway Report: Calvin Klein Fall 2017

It was an impeccable start to NYFW, as Raf Simons sent his chosen flock down the runway, each marching to a youthful, urban street beat and displaying a sufficient amount of defiance.   Yes, young America was his inspiration for the collection – as he explains backstage: “I think American youth is the future for this country. It’s about gathering. It’s intelligent, honest, powerful, beautiful.” – but in the end, he delivers a collection that proclaims accessibility regardless of age or gender. Furthermore, he transcends the audience back to some of Calvin Klein’s most important decades – like the 90’s.

Updated versions of hip-slung jeans with familiar athletic stripes on side seams, monochromatic, boxy but matching denim, risqué cutout dresses, ribbed knit skirts, and a favorite – fully translucent blouses with capacious knit sleeves – for both women and men – paired with somber grey suiting. The tailoring, as is always the case with Simons work – entirely flawless and precise.  Then came a line-up of column dresses and shorts that were plasticated and in some cases feathered in addition. The outerwear was equally shocking – plastic overcoats covering colorful jacket panels, including bright yellow faux furs and leathers – with a great deal of Americanisms interlaced in the polychromatic linings. Then there two versions of the same pale-gray suit over a sheer top showed for both genders, and styled similarly.

A much talked about presentation indeed, covering a magnitude of topics that extend beyond clothes, fashion or style.

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