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Calvin Klein Womenswear S/S11

Francisco Costa emerged with a classic CK collection; light colours, elegant cuts and minimal shapes

You know what to expect from a Calvin Klein show, and very rarely does it surprise. But that’s the unwritten agreement between the brand and its customers. You go to Francisco Costa for clean, simple and minimalistic fashion, no more no less. The colour palette this season - like many other CK Spring Summer collections - focused on light and bright shades, in particular off-white and beige. Interesting details included drawstring waists on both trousers and dresses and pieces with pleated fronts and backs. There were a few black, red and midnight blue looks, but all in all it was a fairly neutral collection. That’s not to say it wasn’t elegant; the long silhouettes of the dresses was nicely contrasted by loose and boxy coats and sharp tailoring, just the way it should be.

Dazed Digital: What was the red thread going through the season?

Francisco Costa: I wanted to extend the longer silhouette I worked on in the resort collection, so pants were of course very important. We were playing with silhouettes and I used a lot softer fabrics than I usually do.

DD: What sort of fabrics did you use?

Francisco Costa: Quite a few, but I really like the double-faced silk and a heavy and the bouncy indigo silk.

DD: Favourite piece in the collection?

Francisco Costa: The first look, the halter neck dress. It looks almost like an apron.