Ever since Raf Simons took over at Calvin Klein, New York Fashion Week got some of its mojo back and it became one of the most anticipated shows of the schedule. He revived the muted label to something bright and daring and his latest collection goes that extra step.
For SS18, Simons turned to the classic American horror genre, the cultural nostalgia sparkled by TV series like Stranger Things and upcoming remake of Steven Kings’ It. Ruby Red dominated the set design as well as the clothes with splatters of red covering leather coats and dresses.
We start with satin cowboy-like suiting in block colours, one of which was modeled by Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s daughter, who made her runway debut after just tuning 16.
Loose silhouettes of white dresses and satin tunics with Andy Warhol photography prints followed the proceeding and we imagine will be on every buyers list. Simons loves art and that translated into opera coats, ball skirts and gowns in deep colours of burgundy, green and caramel that had dots of what looked like black ink.
He worked with controlled volume. There were wide shapes for capes and rain coats that were pulled together with strings and zips to give them a more defined shape. Dresses had a shine to them with plunge necklines while the skirt cut reminded us of 90’s prom gowns. Other dresses were adorned in swishy fringing that have now officially become the next fashion obsession.
As for accessories? Fringed bags, logo straps, full arm gloves, point toe courts and bright patent boots (some with crystal lines down the middle) have already got us thinking how we can inject a bolder feel to our wardrobes.
We sense a sell out…
Watch the show in full below.