The reference of the American film industry, is clearly visible in Raf Simons FW18 pieces for Calvin Klein, especially with showing well-known characters from the Looney Tunes. This oversized wool sweater, for example, is adorned by “Road Runner”. Loose threads give the Crewneck a used look. This piece is assembled by the cartoon character Roadrunner. Designed in collaboration with Looney Tunes, it's knitted from virgin wool to an oversized shape and features a reverse-intarsia design on the front.
After a year of Raf Simon’s debut at Calvin Klein, he presented one of our favorite fashion shows of the last decade, 205W39NYC Fall Winter 2018. From the extraordinary runway that had a floor filled with real Popcorn to some of the most thought-out knitwear he ever designed, everything about it made this collection a huge evolution of Raf and his idea of Calvin Klein.
"This collection is an evolution of my idea of Calvin Klein – of a view onto American society – but now wider, universal. It’s an allegory for a meeting of old worlds and new worlds, relating to the discovery of America, the 1960’s Space Race, and the twenty-first century information age. Reflecting the notion of democracy, there is no cultural hierarchy: the mixes emancipate clothing and references from their meanings, from their own narratives, and collage them to discover something different – a different dream. More than anything else, this collection is about freedom. A word that defines America, and Calvin Klein” – Raf