Calvin Klein. The name conjures visions of the world’s most famous faces at their absolute sexiest. For the Spring 2010 RTW line, the label’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning designer Francisco Costa maintained the edgy minimalism that he’s known for and still managed to push the creative envelope on what fashion can and should be. The daring show demonstrated that volume, texture and form can be just as sexy as a pair of jeans.
This is how Calvin Klein does Spring: rinsed and crinkled silks, cotton voile, organza, and mohair. The palette was earthy with textures. Fabrics were smocked and puckered, hand-pleated and pintucked, crinkled, asymmetrical and even needle punched. The collection was light and airy, but seductive in a serene way. These clothes are designed to move with you, and can even depend on catching the air behind you as you walk to fully express themselves. If that doesn’t encourage your best strut, I don’t know what will.
One dress that caught my eye was a white one sleeve bubble dress that appeared later in the show with a fabric variation. This dress seemed to be so effortless and the construction was so interesting, I just couldn’t take my eyes off of it. The shape changed as the model glided down the runway (due to the air that caught behind it), so the allure factor received high marks. I was also very happy to see texture as a focal point for so many pieces. Tank dresses looked like they were inspired by the curves and twists of Zen Gardens, while crinkled silks and pleating gave other dresses forms that maintained the brand’s minimal style, but in a very elegant way.
Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Thandie Newton, Molly Sims and Kerry Washington were all in the front row of the show, so I’d be willing to bet that it won’t be long before we see something from this collection out in public soon.
The full collection can be found on style.com.
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