Noted as one of the most hotly anticipated shows this season, Belgium designer Raf Simons had a lot to prove for his first collection as the new chief creative officer for Calvin Klein. Having shocked the fashion world back in October 2015 when he left Christian Dior after just three and a half years, Simons packed up from Europe and headed across the pond to New York. Taking over both womenswear and menswear for the American label, he has now become the first designer to acquire complete creative control since Calvin Klein himself.
Not only has Simons come in and redesigned the labels logo in partnership with art director and graphic designer Peter Saville, his A/W17 show is set to reposition Calvin Klein within the fashion market. Described as an ‘homage to America’ the collection reflected both the political and environmental climate within the country. Working alongside Pieter Mulier who is the creative director for Calvin Klein and shared the bow with Simons at the end of the show, the pair truly captured the individuality and blend of characters within the country.
Walking under an installation created by artist Sterling Ruby, who had previously worked with Simons during his Dior days the models showcased 80 style pieces. From oversized jackets to power tailoring and a whole host of designs featuring see-through fabrics, there were both wearable and stand out pieces. The top of the style stakes saw trench coat esque designs feature a transparent PVC overlay, whilst cocktail dresses sprouted a flurry of colourful feathers. Running through the looks, it was clear that although partly political the American dream is still very much alive.