(NY Fashion Week - Calvin Klein) Old meets new in 'universal' America

World | 14 Feb 2018 8:30 pm

The androgynous ensembles created by Belgian-born Raf Simons for Calvin Klein had a much more dystopian feel than your average firefighter’s get-up, though; they included knit balaclavas and huge gloves — similar perhaps to those of an astronaut.

Several models also had what looked like bits of Mylar flowing off their otherwise normal garments, as if they had flown in from another planet but forgotten to remove all their space clothes.

The soundtrack offered clues, too. The very first song was Simon & Garfunkel’s "The Sound of Silence,” but at the very end, the music reverted back to a line from David Bowie’s "This Is Not America” — the song Simons had used a year ago to signal his feelings about the political situation in the US.

In his notes to the show, Simons said his new view is "now wider, universal.”

"It’s an allegory for a meeting of old worlds and new worlds, relating to the discovery of America, the 1960s space race, and the 21st century information age.”

Simons’ Fashion Week shows — along with those for his eponymous men’s label — have become a hot ticket during Fashion Week. Not surprisingly, then, there were celebs galore Tuesday night, including stars of the hugely anticipated blockbuster "Blank Panther,” Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, as well as Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan and many others.-AP

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