Calvin Klein F/W 12

All Images Betty Sze for

The Calvin Klein show is equal parts who’s who celebrity gala and full-scale fashion event. With Hollywood starlets and photography royalty lining the front row, there are moments when it is hard to tear your eyes away and actually look at the clothes. If you could tear your eyes away from Rooney Mara for a moment, you’d notice the chicly minimalist direction Francisco Costa was headed in for fall. Playing with proportion, texture and unexpected splashes of tangerine, Costa created a look that was worlds away from those diaphanous beige slip dresses that dominated his runway for spring. This season’s Calvin girl is older, wiser and a whole lot stronger. Costa looked to modern art for his seasonal motivation, citing MOCA’s “Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981” exhibit as an influence.

In keeping with the season’s trend towards re-worked wool, Costa showcased glazed, laser cut and needlepunched variants on his runway. The pieces that really got us going were the ones that broke form with a touch of color or eye-catching sequin detailing. We weren’t the only ones to notice the onyx embroidered number on Kati Nescher: both campaign face Lara Stone and Miss Mara seemed taken by its innate glamour.

STYLING Camilla Nickerson
CASTING Maida & Rami
HAIR Guido Palau
MAKEUP Pat McGrath

  1. Ava Smith is so beautiful! I’m so glad she is finally getting a lot of attention. She can fit in with all the new hot brunettes of the moment – Kati, Marte, and Katryn.

  2. I LOVE fashion & I have a passion for fashion & I LOVE fashion shows but WHY do the models always have to look so sick, pale & skinny? WHY do the models always wear their hair in a poiny tail? They seem to be robots instead of real people. i realize its more about the clothes then the models but PLEASE let them look natural & alive.

  3. Why do I think of early Jil Sander / Hussein / Helmut Land (when he was actually designing stil) from the 90’s – are we on the 2nd recycling of 90’s luxe minimalism??

  4. beautiful looking models here, they look very lovely, healthy, and full of life with cute hair, great faces, great figures, and great great clothes as always by CK, a top designer

  5. OMG …. I’m so disturbed by these women … what are you people on right now?? to make comments that they are beautiful? this is so disturbing.. this has to be a joke. theres no way these girls have a model look whatsoever. for those of you commenting that they are beautiful, I ask what are you smoking??

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