With the big debut of Raf Simons’ first Calvin Klein fall 2017 collection, Simons celebrated America, showcasing the entire Fall 2017 men’s and women’s collection titled “Parade”, designed alongside his right hand man and Calvin’s new creative directow, Peter Mulier.
Artist Sterling Ruby, transformed Calvin Klein’s 39th Street headquarters via a now permanent installation. Fringe, sheets of denim, American flag-print fabric, straps reading “Calvin Klein,” and silver buckets holding baseball bats all hung from the ceiling. As the show notes described, “Sterling Ruby imagined America.”
As Simons said backstage, those who have a voice need to use it. “It reflects the environment, all of these different people with different styles and dress codes. It’s the future, the past, Art Deco, the city, the American West…all of these things and none of these things. Not one era, not one thing, not one look. It is the coming together of different characters and different individuals, just like America itself. It is the unique beauty and emotion of America.”
The collection in general was very androgynous, buttoned-up shirts, high-waist trousers, suitings for him and her, silver metallic florals appearing on black leather jackets, or sheer mesh tops. Followed by feather dresses and coats covered in clear plastic. The eye-catching was the yellow fur coat worn by Julia Nobis.
The front row included A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomie Harris, Kate Bosworth, Greta Gerwig, Brooke Shields, director Sofia Coppola, and supermodel Lauren Hutton.
See the full lineup below.