Thursday, February 14, 2013

NYFW: Calvin Klein

By: Katharine Donner

Calvin Klein’s A/W 2013 collection reflects the austerity of the Soviet military era of the early 1960’s. Severe definition is exemplified in the military-esque garments’ shoulders, waist, and hip. Structure, simplicity and minimalist design defines the collection.

The designer, Francisco Costa, drew inspiration for the collection from Soviet Russian outerwear. Costa was profoundly influenced by a film which took place in the bleak winter Russian forest. The colour palette reflects the Russian winter landscape. The colours range from black, steel grey, hunter green, to white. Subtle plaid patterned wool, leather, and the occasional vinyl insert create a sharp contrast in texture. The collection expresses a military-like outerwear style as noted in the knee length and mid-calf length dresses and coats. Fur also makes an appearance in the collection, falling in line with another forecasted trend, leather, for fall 2013.

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