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.