Best show from NYFW SS18 Day 2: Calvin Klein

New York Fashion Week

Text: Veronika Bondarenko

Editor: Jolene Khor

Raf Simons' second turn at Calvin Klein is an homage to middle class America

The Collection: Patchwork has never looked as stylish as it did in Calvin Klein's latest collection, which drew upon vintage Americana and 1950's horror — specifically Andy Warhol’s book, 'Death and Disaster' — for its looks. Silk button-down shirts with pockets in vivid contrasts (looks 1, 2 and 3), leather patina (looks 23, 24, 25 and beyond) and trapeze cuts (looks 32, 35 and 37) gave the outfits an unmistakable air of retro while details like the Andy Warhol prints (looks 15, 23 and 24), netting (looks 71 and 72), and a heavy use of utilitarian nylon with ecru ropes (looks 38, 39, 42) oozed chief creative officer Raf Simons' touch of voguish weirdness. All good things, but it was Simons' recreation of uniforms of diurnal American icons that won our hearts. Spot cheerleader pompoms as skirt charms, cowboy-esque separates rendered in silk we mentioned earlier, as well as janitorial buckets and mops made into bags, and double denim uniforms leaned on wet paint.

The Set: Guests (including VIP faces such as Trevor Noah and Bobby Brown) walked into a large white hall accented by American contemporary artist Sterling Ruby's installation of bright pompoms and fringe, echoing the show themes.

I Spy: Cindy Crawford's 16-year-old daughter, Kaia Gerber, made her runway debut at the Calvin Klein show.

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