May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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Sep 08, 2017
New York: Raf Simons’ second presentation for Calvin Klein had his fans waiting in palpable anticipation and as always, he did not disappoint. Building on last season ideas, Simons continues to identify with America and American roots, drawing on iconic cultural references; this time, he looked to the cinema and America’s fascination with American horror films with a sinister Hitchcock quality while prints were inspired by Andy Warhol’s artwork “Death and Disaster”. 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.” As with the previous installation, Simons looked to Sterling Ruby to underscore these elements, from the props of metal buckets to rubber gloves, but there were some commercial interpretations in the form of mid-century silhouettes. Shirts of last season came in bold colour blocked satin, full skirts were rendered in rubber and hand-painted leather while Pom-poms were reinterpreted for fringed dresses and handbags. Elsewhere, lightweight nightgowns became evening dresses, all reworked in fabulous bright colours of safety orange, yellow, black and red. – Lizzy Bowring
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