Calvin Klein Spring 2012 Runway Collection
Having inherited such a clear vision at Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa has kept the buzz going with the spare yet sexy minimalism. Unlike of his more futuristic collections in the past, Costa stayed close to the body. A long peachy nude gown followed the body in layers of chiffon before swirling out at the hem. It could have passed for fanciful undergarments in another era, as did some of the shorter, light-as-air frocks in vanilla and toasted marshmallow.
The collection also played with shimmer, or really reflection. Some fabrics were not quite silver, but a luminous white, cut in one sterling example into a stunning day-to-night dress sported elongated lapels and a skinny belt at the natural waist.
At the bustline, there was a nod to lingerie in seamed, fitted cups. Otherwise, the neckline fell languid and long – not unlike the Art Deco era jazz babies but without the frippery. For how to wear in a modern sense, Rooney Mara wore one blush ’20s style slip dress from the collection for CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Awards last fall. With her dark blunt bangs and matching lipstick, it was a striking, attention-getting contrast. But worn on the runway, on certain skin tones and at certain angles, the pieces practically exuded sex appeal in their near nakedness.
With the awards season around the corner, stylists are probably looking for more overt drama. But we could see an Emma Stone, Claire Danes or other stylish starlet pulling this off for the SAG or even People’s Choice Awards.
Photos: Calvin Klein
By: Bee-Shyuan Chang