Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Style Recap: Calvin Klein Spring 2011

Amongst the sea of BRIGHTS for Spring, the word on every fashionistas lips is minimalism, which is exactly what Calvin Klein brought to the runway at New York Fashion Week for his spring/summer 2011 presentation. Francisco Costa believes that less is more and each season he reinforces this with his stunning shapes and bold designs. This season he treated us to flowing Grecian maxis, oversized jackets, stripped colour, and from high necklines to plunging V's with flashes of sun kissed model flesh.

The lucky girl booked to open the show was 15 year old blonde bombshell Daphne Groeneveld. At 5’11 this school girl is set to follow in the footsteps of Lara Stone who has also opened for Klein. Emerging from a plain white doorway Daphne wore a stunning white halter neck gown reaching her ankles, with her gorgeous long blonde locks pulled back into a sleek low ponytail. Her appearance certainly set the high standards for the rest of the show, and her tiny frame couldn’t have looked more fabulous as she walked down the runway in a floor length, crystal white silk dress, with matching silk belt.

The main palette at Calvin Klein this season were black and white, simple, sophisticated and stunning. The dress was the absolute key to this collection, a dress for every occasion. Short, fitted shift dresses alongside long, tailored maxi’s and oversized jacket style dresses. Costa demonstrates his design genius perfectly through each collection. The designs are simple and ultimately stripped of detail, so that the audience and buyers are left to see the underlying creation in it's purest form, and the beauty pours from every single hemline.

The necklines were noteworthy at this show in particular. A lot of the pieces show extremely low open necklines, giving a powerful, sensuous feel, yet Costa manages to keep them classy by not exposing too much skin on the chest and leaving much to the imagination. Other necklines were rounded and high, but complimented by hitching up the height of the skirts.

Personally I cannot help but fall in love with the oversized 'femme-suits' which accompanied the elegant necklines down the runway, slim fitting trousers paired with huge oversized tee shirts and jackets, much more feminine than that of most designers we see today. Costa takes androgyny with such precision and detail that it almost becomes devoid of androgyny at all.

It wasn't all monochrome for Costa though, he did show several pieces to join the bright parade, including this jelly bean orange dress with a complimentary blue alongside it.

So if you're going for minimal this season, do it with Calvin Klein and get it absolutely right.

Words by Emma Garbutt.
Edited by Josie Marie.

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