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A First Look at Calvin Klein Under Raf Simons’ Direction

The brand unveiled a series of campaign images for its new By Appointment line

BY HILARY SHEPHERD

NEWS  -  JANUARY 23

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The Raf x Calvin mania may have reached its peak yesterday afternoon. While women from all over the world were capping off a weekend full of marching and protesting, Calvin Klein quietly announced the arrival of a new line: Calvin Klein By Appointment, or CKBA-14 for short. (If there’s anything that can yank us out of our Trump-related doom and gloom, it’s exciting fashion news, particularly of the Raf Simons variety.)

According to the Calvin Klein website, this is “a new departure for Calvin Klein," and the line is “no longer solely for celebrities, rather an open made-to-measure service.” To introduce the collection, the brand released a series of campaign images—the first glimpse of Simons’ long-awaited vision for the American house—on Instagram and Twitter, and they look very Calvin. (Fitting, as the collection is a tribute to the Calvin Klein atelier.) We told you he was tailor-made for the position

“Calvin Klein is not only about iconic underwear and jeans—it’s about so much more,” read a statement from the Belgian designer. The campaign features 14 different looks worn by a cast of models including Abbey Lee Kershaw, Julia Nobis, Lineisy Montego, Saskia de Brauw, Mica Arganaraz, and Jamie Bochert. Also included is Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, who has been a fashion favorite of late. “A cast of distinct individuals brings the idea to life: Chosen for who they are, where an essential strength of character is key. Whether famous or unknown, all are treated equally,” the brand stated. The images were shot by Willy Vanderperre—a longtime Simons collaborator; he shot all of Dior’s campaigns during Simons’ tenure—and styled by Olivier Rizzo. 

The line features a velvet cheerleading uniform-like number; a fringe look that appears to have been inspired by a high school marching band getup; lots of feathers; a beautiful tulle gown; and some really amazing floral prints. According to the website, the line will launch officially on April 1 and appointments can be made starting then. Simons’ official debut for the house is marked for February 10 in New York. As if the anticipation wasn’t enough already, these images just gave us even more reason to hold our breath.

Click through the slideshow above to see all the looks.

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