Calvin Klein Raf Simons


Calvin Klein Raf Simons – following Simons’ first ‘By Appointment’  campaign for the American fashion house, yesterday saw the first unveiling of the designer’s Calvin Klein collection at New York Fashion Week.

Calvin Klein Raf Simons: Raf Simons Americana

When Simons was appointed Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein in August 2016, following his exit of Parisian fashion house Christian Dior, the Belgian designer upped and moved to New York. Yesterday’s debut ready to wear collection, which Simons designed with Creative Director Pieter Mulier, was an homage to Simon’s new home. But instead of tried and tested Americana, Simons was inspired by New York’s every day streets. Tailored suits in dove grey called to mind the busy bankers of Wall Street. Quilted and layered fabrics referenced vintage American crafts; denim shirts and trousers were a nod to the Wild West. The collection even included marching band inspired get ups. “It reflects the environment,” said Raf Simons after the show.All of these different people within 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.”

Calvin Klein Raf Simons – this  debut collection was presented in an especially commissioned art work by American artist Sterling Ruby. Ruby’s work is in the collections of institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and, closer to home, the Tate Modern in London. For yesterday’s show, the artist created a total room installation – the first one of three devised for Calvin Klein and his long-term collaborator Raf Simons. The second instalment was revealed to the public later that day on the 12th floor of Calvin Klein’s New York headquarters, while the third art piece is scheduled to be shown in May 2017. Calvin Klein Raf Simons – modern Americana.

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