Calvin Klein Spring 2016

Spring was definitely in the air on the ground floor of 205 West 39th Street, where the Calvin Klein sportswear, jeans, underwear, performance, swimwear and accessories lines were presented. Of course, it felt more like spring than late fall yesterday afternoon as temperatures reached an un November like 70 degrees.

A digital floral print alongside neutrals

The informal presentation featured a tableau of male and female models wearing the key looks from the collection (along with several displays highlighting a selection of accessories). They were standing in a field of flowers as if to emphasize the fact that a layered digital floral print was used along with a neutral color palette of olive, cement, cream, black and white.

Underwear and denim

This line is always hip, cool, unapologetically youthful, urban, and of course, minimal. But this season, it’s an “undone” minimalism; lived in, worn in, free spirited, and individual, with an emphasis placed on contrasts: the play of hard and soft, masculine and feminine, dressed up and undressed, innocent and erotic. This was exemplified by the combination of the iconic slip dress with an oversized denim jacket; the pairing of white lace intimates and nude lace trimmed slips with denim, sportswear, and outerwear; and the juxtaposition of out of the boudoir pajama pants and camisoles with classic sportswear pieces.

A fragile slip dress worn under denim jacket

As for denim, (which is always a mainstay of the collection), this season it’s all about reimagining quintessential denim silhouettes (the new boy straight and sneaker flare jeans), and imparting a feminine grunge feeling via denim cut off shorts and culottes with frayed unfinished hems and seams. Thanks to new infinite white technology, a pristine optic white tone can now be maintained for up to 30 washes. Highlights in the swimwear line are the classic one piece suits in a snake print, along with solid neutrals, and mix and match bikinis paired with athletic inspired tops with sheer panels.

Booties with an architectural heel

As for the key accessories that anchor it all: leather, suede, snake and leopard print ankle boots, sandals, and peep toe booties with an architectural split- Perspex heel; black and white lace up sneakers; snakeskin fringe trim clutches and handbags; leather flap shoulder bags with extra-long straps; plastic aviator sunglasses with mirrored lenses; fine chain necklaces; sleek and streamlined circular jewelry sets; bracelet watches in polished stainless steel and rose gold.

– Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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