Splendor in the Grass
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I attended the Calvin Klein Fall 2013 presentation for its men’s and women’s apparel, jeans, performance and accessories on Friday morning. As in the past, the venue was the main floor of 205 West 39th Street, and as usual, it was shown tableau vivant style to members of the press (among those who attended were Fabien Baron and Freddie Lieba). This season, the models (men and women) lounged around or stood on ‘sand dunes’ complete with tall blades of grass(okay, they were actually tall weeds or reeds but grass sounds better). This evoked a natural organic ambiance in keeping with the effortlessly cool yet classic designs, and mimicked the color palette of the collection, which is primarily a study in monochromatic pales: chalk, alabaster, and marble punctuated with black and a rich wine hue.
For Fall 2013, it’s all about a softened minimalism with curvilinear, architectural elements, and the use of textural fabrics, column shapes, elongated silhouettes, and lowered hemlines. As for the latter, this is indeed the big news, exemplified by the crystal pleated skirts (they fell from below the knee to floor length), and the extra long pants (including their new rocker kick jean – “RCRK Kick”) which extend the body. Along one wall, clothes, arranged by color story, were hung on racks so that attendees could get a better look, with coordinating accessories near by (bags in soft supple pebbled leather, hair calf or structured in textured saffiano leather; ankle booties or pumps in combinations of leather, suede, and a lizard skin print).