Calvin Klein Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection
By Holly Douglas
“Costa has practiced one half of the Calvin Klein brand DNA, minimalism; this season he nailed the sensuous part of the house code, too.” – Nicole Phelps, Style.com. There is no doubt that Calvin Klein’s Spring 2012 Ready to Wear Collection was a hit amongst media mavens world-wide. Women’s Wear Daily described Klein’s collection as “ethereal” with “sturdier tailoring” when describing the classic tuxedo jackets with satin lapels. In addition, it appears that Klein’s subtle shades of nude, pale yellow, silver, and black were a breath of fresh air this spring season. “In a season over saturated with either pale French boudoir colors or Warhol Pop brights, he showed black clothes cut with exquisite skill.” – Andre Leon Talley, Vogue.
Although I usually enjoy a bright, eye catching pop of colour, it was refreshing to see these cool hues in Calvin Klein’s collection. The mix of metallic, floating dresses (a huge jump from Alicia Silverstone’s Calvin Klein dress in the 1995 flick “Clueless”), structured jackets, and soft fabrics made me yearn to have these pieces in my own wardrobe. However, as the dark, black pieces moved down the runway, I couldn’t help but think of fall and pulling on a Calvin Klein oversized blazer (albeit from this collection). Nevertheless, the surprising inclusion of black, lingerie-inspired pieces also intrigued me. They created the perfect balance of sensuality to the garments, while at the same time remaining lady-like and true to the Calvin Klein image.