Calvin Klein's FW18 Collection Gives NYFW the Pop It Needs

Calvin Klein's FW18 Collection Gives NYFW the Pop It Needs

Calvin Klein's FW18 collection is an Americana popcorn playground.

Calvin Klein's FW18 collection is an Americana popcorn playground.

Text: AJ Longabaugh

Raf Simons’ FW18 collection for Calvin Klein is a fully realized, knee-deep popcorn runway display of neo-absurd artful Americana. Stripping away any boundaries the brand may be tied down to, Simons’ rapturously releases his saturated vision for his third collection with Calvin Klein, using his dramatically produced presentation as the connecting foundation to the narrative he is helming at CK.

Continuing his Americana-rooted storytelling, Simons presents another slew of western shirts and other patchwork pieces including his unexpected chiffon gown; an elegant gesture not only for Simons as a designer but for the Calvin Klein platform. The collection becomes increasingly more conceptual as the presentation progresses into colorful knit headpieces and layered sweater vests, as well as Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner sweaters. Another moment of peak creative satisfaction on the runway occurs in both the opening and closing of the show when bright orange traditional fireman’s safety jumpsuits complete with reflective striping and over-the-knee work boots become part of this high-fashion world.

With this eclectic collection for Calvin Klein, Raf Simons gives New York Fashion Week its much-needed pop, fearlessly exploring how fashion presented as an immersive creative installation is a necessary direction for the platform to survive. Simons is a designer who values the power in response, consistently leaving audiences with more questions than answers and thus producing creative conversations surrounding his work. With NYFW shortly coming to a close, Calvin Klein’s #FW18 collection is the standout among its peers. Click through the slideshow below and check out Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein FW18 world.

Credits: Images courtesy of Vogue Runway.

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