Raf Simons does not do fashion week half-heartedly. The designer behind Calvin Klein is renowned for his over-the-top productions, eccentric designs and extreme shows. Tuesday night was no exception.
The room at Calvin Klein was filled with ankle-high floors of popcorn, of which famous front row guests and Klein's models, sporting slinky heels, had to wade through. Guests at the shows were treated to bags of popcorn before they even took their seats, a homage to some of Klein's earliest advertising campaigns at movie theaters.
Models even occasionally carried the bags of popcorn as an accessory.
For his Fall 2018 ready-to-wear line, Simons debuted a futuristic sportswear collection that only he could pull off. Models took the runway in metallic and orange ensembles resembling space suits. The knits that adorned their heads only furthered this galactic image. With a playlist made of the darkest hits, Simons created an almost disturbing apocalyptic ambiance.
Walking in front of an old red farm backdrop, the procession also included flowy, plaid and quilt dresses, oversized furs, sheer silk ensembles and overstated translucent garbs. Simon's show notes explained it was his view of "American society." "Reflection on the notion of democracy, there is no cultural hierarchy...this collection is about freedom," it read.
Front-row attendees included Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Laura Dern, Margot Robbie and Millie Bobby Brown, some of Simons' biggest supporters since he took over at Calvin Klein in 2016.
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