“To be really honest, the attraction and the reason why I came to Calvin is because it has the highest and the lowest and everything in between, so you can reach out to everybody. Which, in high fashion, is not always easy. It was not something that was possible at Dior, for example. It is possible at Calvin Klein.”
Last season, Raf Simons debuted a collection as Chief Creative Officer at the helm of Calvin Klein. Debuting for the American House, following three years with Christian Dior. Americana was the vibe for Fall Winter 2017, as Simons not only delivered his inaugural collection for Calvin Klein with pleasing reviews, but spoke to the shifting political atmosphere of the United States. Simon’s longtime collaborator and colleague, Sterling Ruby, designed the set, held in the House’s corporate offices, equipped with American flags hanging from the ceiling.
Sensibility paired ironically with acidic yellow, rich oranges, and deep turquoise. Transparent tops with varsity sweater sleeves produced an alluring appeal with translatable wearability. Plastic presented itself as its own story, as coats and tops were wrapped in a overcoat of transparent synthetic. The All-American soundtrack featured snippets from The Virgin Suicides and David Bowie’s “This is Not America.”
Since his debut, Simons has acted as a catalyst for the brand securing its position of relevance as a modern American brand. There is no denial to the genius craft of Simons, through his own menswear label, his diverse reigns with each Jil Sander and Christian Dior, and now as we witness his growth alongside Calvin Klein. Eager anticipation surrounds the approaching season, in excitement to experience Simons’ latest masterpiece of Spring Summer 18.
A work of art in his own nature, it comes as no surprise that Simons share a deep, second nature connection with art. A notion that is fluidly reflected in his work, a notion so voluntary to the creative of Raf Simons that “it’s like breathing air, or drinking Coke Zero.” We’ll have what he’s having.
Visual Editor by LUCIA BUSTILLO