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Calvin Klein the brand has a bigger claim on the nineties than most: The decade was Calvin Klein the man’s heyday. For Fall, Kevin Carrigan keyed into that heritage with collections for women and men that were defined by their heather gray color palettes and their soft, unstructured layers. Most nineties of all was underwear stitched with the company’s logo that peeked not just from the waistbands of jeans, but also tube skirts for the girls and tailored pants for the boys. The briefs conjured visions of Kate Moss and Marky Mark, aka Mark Wahlberg, in their own heydays, when they starred in Calvin Klein commercials. The company recently launched a #MyCalvins marketing campaign on Instagram that seems to be catching on—3,158 photos of hard abs and nearly bare asses and counting. The point being that Carrigan and co. are equally as focused on the now.
In a season in which a return to comfort and an emphasis on sweater dressing are two of fashion’s big messages, Carrigan’s collections had a lot going for them. On the women’s side, an outfit that combined an oversize twinset in soft, ribbed black angora and slouchy boot-cut jeans that pooled over slip-on style sneaks was a personal favorite.
After seventeen years as CEO of Calvin Klein, Tom Murry is stepping down and preparing to retire at the end of the fiscal year. On July 1, Steve Shiffman, the current president and chief commercial officer, will take over as head of the company. Murry doubled sales from 2003 to 2013, according to the Wall Street Journal report, so Shiffman, who’s been with the company for twenty years, has big shoes to fill.
Photo By John Aquino / WWD
During New York fashion week, pale pink was the street-style color of choice, at least as far as coats were concerned. Ever since Carven sent pastel cocoon coats down the runway last September, we’ve coveted a rosy topper—this editor even surrendered to one. And while by week’s end the pale-hued jackets felt all but ubiquitous, the last day of the New York collections began to validate my purchase.
Both Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs cast cloudy variations of neutrals, muddled blues, frothy greens, and lilacs down the runway. We saw comparable wares (plush pink coat included) from Francisco Costa earlier at Calvin Klein Pre-Fall. Marc Jacobs’ girls, with their pristine beauty looks, were visions of almost unattainable perfection—almost like femme fatales from the future. In London Christopher Kane sang a similar tune: His models seemed prepared to conquer all elements—rosé-colored dresses finished with swirled sleeves made a fembot-esque statement. But we had to wonder, would the Italian designers follow suit? Yesterday, Frida Giannini’s pastel-powered Gucci girls took charge in sixties-infused monochromatic shirt-and-suit combos in sage green, baby blue, and sandy pink. While we can appreciate Madonna in a double-breasted Ralph Lauren tuxedo, this color theory is proof that we don’t need to borrow from the boys or opt for a classic black-and-white combo to state our claim as H.B.I.C.
The Fall ’14 menswear collections move on to Milan tomorrow, and will be followed by the shows in Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Calvin Klein Collection, designed by Italo Zucchelli
WHEN: Sunday, January 12
WHAT: “Tough.” —Italo Zucchelli. The designer sent us an inspiration image by artist Bettina Hubby, above.