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Calvin Klein SS 14: The Art of Deconstructing!

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For Spring/Summer 2014 and on the occasion of his 10th anniversary as Creative Director at this iconic fashion house, Francisco Costa created a Calvin Klein collection which went for “elevated deconstruction,” his newest take on his minimalist approach that matches the heritage of the name. He intentionally left some trims undone, which is not of his style, but he thought it was time to make a twist. Battling his complete self-control and perfectionism, he presented his signature clean, sleek looks but with delicate signs of imperfection. The shapes were geometrical but not simple; reminiscent of the art of origami or modern-age architectural design.

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His amazing, glamorous audience was surprised to see these silhouettes slightly deconstructed, meaning featuring unfinished hems, little pops of color, inside-out seams, and yarns placed as fringes. He allowed little mistakes to happen on purpose to make a statement about simplicity, perfection, and his new perception of minimalism. The effort was daring, but the result – though experimental in nature – looks cool and fresh – clothes that can attract an even younger and edgier audience to the house. I loved the geometry, the shapes, even the intentional stiffness of some fabrics, and finally the juxtaposition of hard and soft, textured and smooth, finished and unfinished. Francisco encouraged his fans to be more open to change, because this is all about great style and high fashion is!!!

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Elena Sendona

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