Raf Simons and Pieter Mulier did it again. Americana in every sense of the word. And Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford's mini-me, made her runway debut. It was, once more, a celebration about America and its creative heritage—because we couldn’t expect any less from the artistic duo.
This is not ephemeral. It is a metamorphosis of how art movements may evolve in a creative process. Elements tied to sub-cultures as if dissecting was the secret ingredient. Ironically, the composition made sense—but that's what Simons does, play with a plethora of cult elements and meticulously place them together.
Andy Warhol was a muse, along with his unique printing process and technique. An allusion to his creative method—one uses a mere piece of cloth to test the unimaginable, until it turns out to be a work of art. The outcome? A detailed depiction of Pop Art’s fundamentals.
Transmuting eras has become the duo’s signature. Old-West, smart suiting, and high-school culture were all done in a vigorous colour palette empowering silhouettes and textures. Minimalistic? No. But certainly a manifestation of art and its substantial principals.
Cult as it looks, yet no allure in between. A mixture of specific things and aesthetics. Delving into the archives has resulted in capturing a peculiar zeitgeist with dynamic nostalgia. The American revolution fashion’s been waiting for, bringing back what made America so great. Its name is Calvin Klein.
Photo by NINA WESTERVELT for THE NEW YORK TIMES