If Raf Simon’s first Calvin Klein collection was a post-apocalyptic version of americana,this one was,in his own words”an allegory for a meeting of old worlds and new worlds, relating to the discovery of America, the 1960s space race and the twenty-first century information age.” His view on the above though is very European and most of all-very intellectual.An analysis that focus on the wearability and conventional beauty of the outfits would appear out of place here-he is not talking beauty in the sake of beauty,he is talking beauty in the sake of truth.And builds rather a performance than a fashion show.
There were burned barns,scaffolding with red pompoms attached.and a massive bed of popcorn inside the former American Stock Exchange building, were the event took place,the atmosphere of uneasiness enhanced by the Warhol inspired imagery (his ‘death and Disaster’ series).All masterminded by Simon’s regular collaborator, artist Sterling Ruby,resembled an art installation.
In a post apocalypric world, what will be there for us than heroes,all kinds of heroes and survivors to tell the story? With the models as survivors, the clothes were to tell the story of a dark world that still maintains some of its values. Over-sized firefighter’s jackets were paired along with boots and space-age gloves, prairie dresses a la Little House on the Prairie and his trademark two-toned Western shirts.survival-blanket frocks,boxy, oversized coats paired with construction gloves and boots.Most looks were topped with balaclavas in several colors.
Popcorn,barns,firefighters, all work as symbols in a visual language that speaks danger (dystopia) and hope (firemen?) in a most refined way, evoking a sense of epiphany that the future could be bright.After all,we could all be heroes.
( photo credit: Marcus Tondo, InDigital.tv )