Calvin Klein Fall 2013 Presentation

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).

Upon leaving, each attendee was given a goodie bag  – what was inside was dependent on ones sex. The women received an assortment of Calvin Klein makeup, handsomely packaged in graphic black and white (who doesn’t need great make up?), and were given a choice of a bra or camisole (black or white), and a pair of the brilliant new rocker kick jeans in either a pale or dark wash.
-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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