For his debut Calvin Klein show, Raf Simons paid homage to America – a gently political show with a future full of intent.
Simons masterminded the front-row scene with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomie Harris, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth and A$AP Rocky.
Titled “Parade,” the collection ‘reflects the environment’.
All of 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.
Adhering to the theme, the collection opened with a red white and blue look while one model walked with an American flag tied and draped around her waist.
Featuring sporty tailoring, from remixed band uniforms to sharp power broker tailoring, sturdy denim and patchworked coats to shrink-wrapped feather glamour dresses, the collection celebrated and explored the blending of “the unique beauty and emotion of America.”
Updated Western-style shirts featuring block coloured details graced the runway as another series of looks included patchworked coats and fetishistic, shrink-wrapped feather glamour dresses that encased the models in plastic.
There were no slogan T-shirts in the show (à la 90’s Calvin Klein), but there was of course, classic CK denim.
The materials on the runway were a mixed bag, from PVC to ribbed wool.
Ending the show, Simons came out with creative director Pieter Mulier, and to rapturous applause, the two waved to the crowd.