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Calvin Klein F/W 2017

Art / Architecture / Design / Fashion


Posted November 12th, 2017 By Colby Mugrabi

After two impressive tenures at Jil Sander and Christian Dior, both European-based fashion houses, Raf Simons’ latest design role as creative director of Calvin Klein has finally brought the quasi-minimalist to New York City. Simons’ premier runway show for the iconic New York-based brand was a visual exercise in iconography, both in the archetypical Americana sense as well as in respect to the house’s storied history. Within the extensive 64-look, largely unisex collection, were a spattering of riffs on American culture, manifested by way of colorful band uniforms, varsity sweatshirts – reminiscent of deconstructed versions seen on the fall/winter 2016 runway for Raf’s namesake menswear label – clear PVC coverings for overcoats and feminine cocktail dresses, American quilts, metal-tipped cowboy boots, power suits, leather biker jackets and even a fringed American Flag number. Simons resurrected Brooke Shield’s famous 1981 “Nothing comes between me and my Calvins” Calvin Klein Jeans campaign by imprinting her iconic silhouette on leather labels attached to the waistbands of the collection’s denim looks. Like many of the so-easily-recognizable themes and cultural symbols interwoven within Raf’s first collection for Calvin Klein, it seems the Belgian fashion designer is quickly developing his own epochal design vernacular at the American fashion house.

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Peacock Chair, 1921

Peacock chair by frank lloyd wright

Judy Linn

Robert Gets Dressed at the Chelsea, early 1970s

Judy linn robert gets dressed at the chelsea  4  early 1970s

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Image by Thomas Ruff

Herzog & de Meuron, Antipodes Student Housing, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, 1992

Thomas ruff

Gunta Stölzl

Bauhaus Design Rug

Gunta sto  lzl  bauhaus design rug

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Iron and Leather Settee, 1920s

Jean michel frank iron and leather settee circa 9020s

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Jean prouve a pair of visiteur armchairs circa 1950 d5839575g

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Marcel duchamp  in advance of the broken arm  1915  1964

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Painted bronze  ale cans   1960 jasper johns

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Richard avedon audrey hepburn in yves saint laurent

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Robert rauschenberg  the bed  1955
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Peacock chair by frank lloyd wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Peacock Chair, 1921

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Judy linn robert gets dressed at the chelsea  4  early 1970s

Judy Linn

Robert Gets Dressed at the Chelsea, early 1970s

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The eames house  1949

Charles and Ray Eames

The Eames House, 1949

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Charlotte perriand  1903 1999  and jean prouve  1901 1984   ck fw 2017

Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand

Library Table with Built-in Light Fixture for the Maison de l’Etudiant, Paris, 1951

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Adriana lima photographed by juergen teller  april 1999

Juergen Teller, "Go-Sees"

Adriana Lima, April 1999

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Gunta sto  lzl  bauhaus master  design for a carpet ca.1923

Gunta Stölzl

Bauhaus Carpet Design, 1923

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African american flag

David Hammons

African-American Flag, 1990

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1950s cabinet by andre sornay

Andre Sornay

Cabinet, 1950s

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Mcqueen ss 1996

Alexander McQueen

Spring/Summer 1996

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Thomas ruff

Image by Thomas Ruff

Herzog & de Meuron, Antipodes Student Housing, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, 1992

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Gunta sto  lzl  bauhaus design rug

Gunta Stölzl

Bauhaus Design Rug

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Jean michel frank iron and leather settee circa 9020s

Jean-Michel Frank

Iron and Leather Settee, 1920s

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Jean prouve a pair of visiteur armchairs circa 1950 d5839575g

Jean Prouvé

Pair of Visiteur Armchairs, 1950

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Marcel duchamp  in advance of the broken arm  1915  1964

Marcel Duchamp

In Advance of the Broken Arm, 1915 (1964)

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Mmm

Maison Martin Margiela Spring/Summer 1990

Image by Bill Cunningham for Details Magazine; March, 1990

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Painted bronze  ale cans   1960 jasper johns

Jasper Johns

Painted Bronze (Ale Cans), 1960

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Richard avedon audrey hepburn in yves saint laurent

Richard Avedon

Audrey Hepburn in Yves Saint Laurent, 1960

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Robert rauschenberg  the bed  1955

Robert Rauschenberg

The Bed, 1955

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