Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein: A breath of fresh air at NYFW A/W17


New York: To say that this presentation was the most anticipated event on the fashion calendar would be a misleading understatement. Raf Simons invited his well-heeled guests to sit within an artwork (one of three) that had been completed by Sterling Ruby at the behest of Simons. Presented within this installation was the debut collection for Calvin Klein completed by Creative director Pieter Mulier. Featuring both mens and womenswear, this collection was truly unique and a much needed breath of fresh air within the present political environs. The clean lines, the simple yet absolutely perfect tailoring, the 80s primary colours and the just so exquisitely rendered and handcrafted prints will take Americans back to their cultural heritage. And all this to the haunting soundtrack from David Bowie..This is not America.


Calvin Klein AW17 runway

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To sum up in Raf Simons words: “It reflects the environment all these different people with different styles and dress codes. It’s the future, the past, Art Deco, the city, the American west..all of these things and none of these things. Not one era, not one thing, not one look. It is the coming together of different characters and different individuals, just like America itself. It is the unique beauty and emotion of America.

Indeed! This collection will touch the very soul of all Americans- Lizzy Bowring

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