Beloved Belgian designer Raf Simons, who was appointed as Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein in 2016, has just released yet another fabulous collection for 2018 Pre-Fall. Since his debut at New York Fashion Week of Fall 2017, Simons has been radically updating the brand’s look. Showered with plenty of praise for his revolutionary new-age collection in 2017, it is no wonder that the talented designer has once again brought about a style rehaul to drive the classic label one step further into the modern fashion scene.
The line, which includes a combination of mens and womenswear, is full of geometric lines and shapes paired with funky prints, bold primary color choices, and clean black and white inserts in staying true to Calvin Klein’s signature minimalistic style. It’s a fusion of art and fashion, using the clothes as a canvas to for creative innovations in an effort to modernize their style.
The campaign photoshoot features work by Andy Warhol, whose art has served as inspiration for Simons’ recent work. Warhol’s experimental film Kiss is featured in their underwear capsule, called “Andy Warhol Kiss, 1963.” Calvin Klein is in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation For the Visual Arts, incorporating the eccentric artist’s bold themes and concepts into their silhouettes and patterns.
A stunning reimagining of what fashion could be in conjunction with the art world is what Simons brings to the table. His vision is always to seek after art even in the ready-to-wear and street style design world. “If somebody would ask what is it that you breathe that’s not air, but that’s what you need, it’s art,” he said in an interview after his initial debut. “I have to see art constantly. It’s not even like ‘O.K., I’m going to look at art in the evening’; it’s all day long.”