One part Americana and one part color play, Raf Simons didn’t hold back for his second ever collection at the highly mediatized helm of Calvin Klein. Introducing a plethora of unexpected and attention-grabbing elements, Simons resurfaced the color-blocking trend that we hadn’t seen for quite a few seasons, as well as a spray painted technique that updated and embellished classic leather pieces. The welcome common thread throughout the show was experimentation, whether through the interchangeability of looks which were spotted on both genders, or the synthetic interpretations of evening dresses.
Here are the looks we selected in view of conveying this inspiring and highly anticipated show.
LOOK #4 – Up and coming it-girl Kaia Gerber made her runway debut in one of Raf’s strongest and freshest looks – a high shine ensemble with a strongly tailored fabric-blocked shirt and low-slung androgynous trousers. The crayon blue pop of color in the roll-neck tee evenly offset the muted yellow pants.
LOOK#78 – Simon took a big risk on this piece and it paid off! The intricately designed masterpiece closed the show (in terms of women’s looks anyhow) and was the ultimate showstopper. A multitude of ropes and fringe were bound together to create a juxtaposition of dress lengths. The dress almost seemed more of an artwork than a commercial hit, but it was a jaw dropper nonetheless.
LOOK#37 – Using waterproof nylon that’s generally used for tents, Simons created a new hybrid jacket where form meets function. Hitting below the knees, the sporty zip-through coat featured a high ruffled collar as well as willowy sleeves and multi-zip detailing. It almost felt as if the garment had a two-use purpose and could be constructed into weather-proof sheltering if needed.
LOOK#27 – Truly imbuing a sense of Americana, this coordinating leather set made up of a knee-length overcoat and high-waisted pencil skirt gave a rugged feeling to the collection. The leather was dyed and splattered carefully in a method that didn’t look too constructed yet still offered enough depth and interest to make the outfit stand out.
LOOK#15 – An unexpected piece to be spotted in a Calvin Klein collection, mostly because of the off-center black and white graphic. The voluminous semi-sheer white maxi was outfitted with a quaint tie detail around the neck, which also extended to the sleeves, creating a romantic puff sleeve.