The first cab off the rank of the big four festivals worldwide, New York Fashion Week launched last Thursday, signalling the official start of Autumn Winter 2017. To be followed by equally fabulous festivals in London, Milan and Paris, NYFW will set the tone for the cooler months ahead, showcasing some of the industry’s most-prolific international design talent.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated moments on the runway so far was Raf Simon’s debut collection for Calvin Klein – a monumental show that had guests on the edge of their front (and other) row seats. Ever since the Belgian designer’s appointment as Chief Creative Officer of the label in August 2016, the industry has been asking: Can Raf Simons reinvent Calvin Klein? On Friday that question was definitively answered. And the answer was yes.
A far cry from the minimalistic aesthetic the fashion house is known for, the collection was an eclectic show of – in the words of the designer himself – the unique beauty and emotion of America; a “coming together of different characters and different individuals, just like America itself”. Featuring a brighter and far more textural tenor than CK followers are used to, the premiere of Calvin Klein through Raf-coloured glasses was the perfect marriage of nostalgia and novelty.
From tailored, hip hugging trousers teamed with Western-pocket shirts layered over turtle neck knits, to sheer muscle shirts, to black leather biker jackets embossed with silver roses, the nods to old school Americana were endless. A nostalgic display of what has been, balanced with a sense of what’s to come, Simons’ premiere CK collection was a coming together of past classics, reimagined for the future.
Another eternal crowd favourite, Marc Jacobs, is set to storm the runway this Thursday, February 16th.
We can hardly wait.
Here in the southern hemisphere we might be far away in situ, but we’re far closer in spirit, reflected in the stunning international designer collections now available online and in stores.
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