October 5, 2017
CALVIN KLEIN Presents Spring 2018 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Runway Show
CALVIN KLEIN’s Chief Creative Officer, Raf Simons, presented his Spring 2018 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC runway show at the company’s global headquarters at 205 West 39th Street on September 7, 2017. The Spring 2018 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC collection takes its inspiration from cinema, from the dream-factory of Hollywood and its depictions of both an American nightmare, and the all-powerful American dream. Thriller heroines, heroes and antiheroes. The aesthetic codes of movie protagonists are endlessly remixed, their meanings given new interpretation and celebration.
Drawn from the same source material, but created separately, artist Sterling Ruby’s site-specific installation for the Spring runway show underscores these themes. The work uses as its base the installation from the Fall 2017 show, just as the collection builds on the foundation established by its predecessor – a new wardrobe, of American archetypes.
In exploring America, Raf Simons found Andy Warhol—an artist whose work has helped define both the contemporary identity of American culture and also the world’s perceptions of it. In a unique collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Spring 2018 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC collection incorporates a selection of Warhol artworks as placement screen prints.
As stated by Raf Simons, “It’s about American horror and American beauty. Fashion tries to hide the horror and embrace only beauty. But they are both a part of life. This collection is a celebration of that: a celebration of American life.” Click HERE to learn more and watch the runway show on calvinklein.com.