This past Friday, I was invited to New York to witness Calvin Klein’s Fall 2013 main line presentation, which runs the gamut from outerwear and sportswear to jeans and underwear. With a few fellow Canadian editors, I flew into the fashion capital (on perhaps the most turbulent flight any of us will ever take—think back on Friday’s weather, if you will) and was privileged to tour the presentation with Kevin Carrigan, Calvin Klein’s global creative director.
The space was stripped back and romantically lit and set with miniature white sand dunes and long beach grass on which the models (only the best for Calvin) were placed. Carrigan explained that the soft light and stillness of fall weekends in the Hamptons served as inspiration—it was certainly a welcome respite from the raging rainstorm outside. Hanneli Mustaparta, the company’s unofficial spokesmodel, frolicked with the models in the sand, while Carrigan escorted us through the presentation. Inspired by minimalist artist Donald Judd (and, of course the house’s own strictly minimal archival material) the designer restricted each tonal outfit, limiting any playfulness to differences in texture. He emphasized length, with column-like pleated skirts in sandy shades and black leather, cable-knit fisherman’s sweaters with extra long sleeves, and sloping shoulders on impeccable overcoats. In their muted tonality, all were reminiscent of Carolyn Bessette, Calvin’s ultimate ’90s minimalist sophisticate.
Carrigan’s key jean for the season referenced another original Calvin Klein poster child: the young Brooke Shields in her iconic “Nothing gets between me and my Calvins” jeans. Continuing on the lengthening theme, the jeans were fitted through the leg with a small flare that started mid calf. While the models cooed that they wished they could take them home, I made my order.