Cadet Calvinites, Report For Duty-------
This morning, our senior market editor, Marina, and I went to check out Calvin Klein’s offering for Fall. And though Kevin Carrigan and the design team helming the Calvin Klein and Calvin Klein Jeans lines aren’t on exactly the same nouveau-futuristic wavelength as Collection creative directors Francisco Costa (women’s) and Italo Zucchelli (men’s), there’s plenty of the sleek, slightly severe return to minimalism that characterized the Collection runways (and their assortment of high-nineties supes). Slim separates—”cadet-inspired,” the company has it—came in black wool, some snaked with gleaming zippers, as in a chic, asymmetrical jacket. A one-button women’s suit with inlaid leather panels, new for this season, was sharp. But best overall, Marina and I agreed, was the men’s footwear. A pair of side-buckled Chelsea boots (bottom) lightened up the military tone of the men’s collection, and I loved the angular rubber soles on a pair of black lace-ups (top) from the Jeans collection.