Calvin Klein is my fashion nemesis. The label is a household name and yet his actual catwalk shows have, for the past few years, been entirely focused on showcasing some of the least interesting clothes in the history of ever. So this season my low standards were more than satisfied to see two whole dresses that didn't make me languish into a coma.
A relatively severe collection of neutral-toned businesswear, the most notable thing being the contrast between inner and outer layering. The cutouts on the jackets exposed shirts and collars to the world, and unusually for a womenswear collection there was a lot of emphasis on visible cuffs shot out at the wrists.
Is this silhouette awesome, or what? I love the cropped jackets and full skirts -- very Michelle Obama -- but am a little doubtful as to their application in real life. It's a very serious look: almost businesswear on top, and formal ballgown on the bottom half, and not an inch of limb on display anywhere. Plus full skirts aren't really appropriate for a lot of situations, for example any time you go anywhere where there is rain, or stairs.
There's something very plantlike about this outfit: petal-shaped skirt, and a colour palette of drying desert flowers. As far as I can tell about Christian Cota (I'm pretty new to his work) his typical fare is far more conventional, and this Mexico-inspired collection seems like a real step in the direction of innovation.
The strange, belt-like skirts and rigid buttonless shirts came to us by way of karate outfits. The martial arts theme wasn't strictly literal, but the stiff fabrics and lacquered/leathery woven mat-fabrics gave the impression of protective padding.
Can I say just HOW MUCH I predictably love these super-short kimono silk outfits? They're terribly sharp, and combine so many great tastes that I didn't expect to taste great together!
A weirdly old-fashioned collection this season, with a Japanese theme that to me seemed dated and overly stylised. As expected there were a lot of super-tight cocktail dresses of the sort worn by bitchy MILF characters in TV shows like Revenge and Gossip Girl, but there were a few highlights, such as this robe: