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Calvin Klein F/W 2018

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Fashion tends to live out it’s own fantasy, providing an escape from the physical reality that surrounds us. While Raf Simons’ earliest shows for Calvin Klein focused on blatant horror, fall/winter 2018 centered on perhaps the even scarier notion of a dystopian future, as well as our society at it’s present.


Posted November 11th, 2018 By Colby Mugrabi

For Simons’ third collection as creative director of the quintessential American fashion house, the designer offered a list of 50 words in his pre-show notes, words that included: Popcorn, Warhol, Looney, and Fantasy. These curated idioms set the tone for the garments that followed – a visual meditation on classic Americana signifiers and the concept of Freedom.

The collection opened with orange sanitation-like jumpsuits and jackets with reflective bands, transitioning into Western shirts, elevated patchwork ensembles and innocent prairie dresses, matured with sheer fabrics and ruffled bibs that barely covered the chest, looking like something straight out of Westworld. Mentioned also as inspiration was the 1995 film SAFE, in which Julienne Moore stars as a California housewife who suffers from mysterious illnesses. Elements of this disaster film were seen in the show’s use of silver foil-like material on long gloves, boxy jackets and head coverings, bringing to mind early space suits and 1970’s sci-fi films.

Taking place in the former American Stock Exchange in New York’s financial district, the show’s set design mimicked the same barn-esque environments featured in the brand’s stores and ad campaigns – Rustic scaffolding, popcorn-covered floors, Warhol prints, and Sterling Ruby sculptures filled the room; a backdrop as eclectic and electrifying as the collection that followed.

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British Vogue, December 1966

Veruschka  british vogue  december 1966

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Armoire à Portes Coulissantes, 1970

Andre   sornay  armoire a   portes coulissantes  1970

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Andrew wyeth  garret room  1962

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Pierre jeanneret  teak and iron chair  1953 54

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Achille and pier giacomo castiglioni  mezzadro stool  1957

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Alignment #1, 2012

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Ed ruscha  mad scientist  1975

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Georg baselitz  ding kariert  1994

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James siena  lattice  2003

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Jean prouve   and jacques andre    a rare low table  1937

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Untitled, 2002

Louise bourgeois  untitled  2002

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Maison martin margiela  dress  spring summer 2003

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Michael sailstorfer  popcorn machine 1 43 47  frankfurt  2008

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Picnic at hanging rock  1975

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Veruschka  british vogue  december 1966

Veruschka

British Vogue, December 1966

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Andre   sornay  armoire a   portes coulissantes  1970

André Sornay

Armoire à Portes Coulissantes, 1970

2 of 22

Andrew wyeth  garret room  1962

Andrew Wyeth

Garret Room, 1962

3 of 22

Ed ruscha  not a bad world  is it   1983

Ed Ruscha

NOT A BAD WORLD, IS IT?, 1983

4 of 22

Maison margiela  waders  spring summer 1991

Maison Martin Margiela

Waders, Spring/ Summer 1991

5 of 22

Pierre jeanneret  teak and iron chair  1953 54

Pierre Jeanneret

Teak and Iron Chair, 1953-54

6 of 22

Achille and pier giacomo castiglioni  mezzadro stool  1957

Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Mezzadro Stool, 1957

7 of 22

Acoma pueblo native american jar

Acoma Pueblo

Native American Jar

8 of 22

American shaker rocking chair  1820 1850

American Shaker Rocking Chair

1820-1850

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Andy warhol at the silver factory  1964

Andy Warhol at the Silver Factory

1964

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Brent wadden  alignment  1  2012

Brent Wadden

Alignment #1, 2012

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Cyprien gaillard  untitled  cleveland indian   2011

Cyprien Gaillard

Untitled (Cleveland Indian), 2011

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Ed ruscha  mad scientist  1975

Ed Ruscha

Mad Scientist, 1975

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Georg baselitz  ding kariert  1994

Georg Baselitz

Ding Kariert, 1994

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James siena  lattice  2003

James Siena

Lattice, 2003

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Jean prouve   and jacques andre    a rare low table  1937

Jean Prouvé and Jacques André

A Rare Low Table, 1937

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Louise bourgeois  untitled  2002

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Untitled, 2002

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Maison martin margiela  dress  spring summer 2003

Maison Martin Margiela

Dress, Spring/ Summer 2003

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Michael sailstorfer  popcorn machine 1 43 47  frankfurt  2008

Michael Sailstorfer

Popcorn Machine 1-43-47, Frankfurt, 2008

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Picnic at hanging rock  1975

Picnic at Hanging Rock

1975

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Ralph rapson  glass cube  1974  amery  wisconsin

Ralph Rapson

Glass Cube, 1974, Amery, Wisconsin

21 of 22

Richard avedon  jean shrimpton in a nasa spacesuit  harper s bazaar  april 1965

Richard Avedon

Jean Shrimpton in a NASA Spacesuit, Harper's Bazaar, April 1965

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