High Fashion, College Wallet Calvin Klein Collection S/S 2016

The Calvin Klein Collection, the luxury class within the Calvin Klein family, Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear 2016 runway returned to the label’s heritage slip dresses and similar silky textures. Embracing the resurgence of ‘90s trends, the collection created by Francisco Costa featured sleek, yet slightly undone garments. Raw hems finished off dresses and pants. Sleeves went to fingertips or were slashed to the elbows. The busts of slip dresses and tank tops were loose-fitting. Straps dangled from most garments in the collection, and delicate brass chain harnesses were worn over the barely-there floor length slips. Everything was loose and ethereal. Satin and sheer slips, dusters, and wide-legged pants composed the majority of the collection. Most garments were in black, white, and nude. An unexpected photo print of flowers in varying tones of black and white with natural reds and blues, created a graphic effect on dresses and separates. The collection boasted a modern coquettishness with all of the slinky slips and sheer pieces. It made looking disarranged seem effortlessly put together.

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This minimal look embraces both the sheer and satin elements found throughout the collection. The monotone white theme keeps it from looking heavy or overwhelming, appropriate for spring or summer. Palazzo pants and an extra-long sleeveless duster create a lot of movement. Coordinating separates will continue to be big in spring, so any of the pairings like this one from the collection will be on trend. Even the shiny shoes match the satin textiles in the collection. The low top slip on sneakers make the look seem practical for running around the city.


To get this look for less, all you need to find are some basic separates. This v-neck cropped tank top is $21 from Asos. It has a tighter fit, so size up to mimic the same loose fitting tops from Calvin Klein. Pair with palazzo trousers like these ones from Mango. They are a bit on the pricey side at $76, but their tailoring is better than cheaper alternatives which use jersey fabrics and come close to resembling sweat pants. The maxi-length duster adds polish to the unkemptness of the separates. This one is $35 from boohoo.com. To maintain the casual, effortless vibe, finish the look with some classic white slip on Vans for $35.

Like the makeup and hair of the models on the runway, keep it simple. The delicate grunge style requires little makeup, except for natural enhancers like concealer and mascara. Add highlighter to where light naturally hits the face, like the cheeks and forehead, to keep the face fresh and luminescent. Hair styled naturally, perhaps even a bit messy, goes along with the carefree and simple look.

This collection gave a youthful surge to the Calvin Klein name. The balance between clean and distress hit just the right note. It seems that Costa successfully returned to and revived the iconic slip dresses that Klein is famous for, and implemented their same appeal throughout the entire collection.

Sophie Fay Shaw is the High Fashion, College Wallet columnist. Email her at violetvision@nyunews.com.


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