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Why We Can’t Wait to Offer Raf Simons’s Calvin Klein Debut

If you had landed in the middle of Fashion Week yesterday as the whole thing was kicking off, and if you had asked anyone what show they were really looking forward to, there’s every chance they would have told you: Raf Simons’s Calvin Klein debut.

Calvin Klein New York Womenswear FW17 New York February 2017

All images by Indigital Images

The Belgium-born former Dior designer’s stateside arrival is one of the most anticipated fashion developments of recent memory. We were all waiting to see what such a sensitive, thoughtful and visionary European creative director would do at the head of the storied and iconic American brand—just as nostalgia and hunger for the CK golden years hover at a fever pitch.

Despite the excitement, the mood on Friday morning at the brand’s midtown headquarters, where the runway show was staged, was relatively quiet and somewhat subdued. Tricia Smith, our executive vice president of women’s and designer apparel, reported a clean-slate white-on-white vibe in the room—which, she said, went well with all the white bandanas. (You’ve heard of Business of Fashion’s #TiedTogether movement? It’s a fashion industry initiative to band together and support basic human rights; white bandanas are the effort’s calling card.)

Tricia’s strongest impression was what she called Raf’s “bold color and American interpretation.” He’s often thought of as a minimalist, despite seeming to argue against that tag in the 2014 biopic Dior and I, and Calvin Klein itself all but defines this country’s stylistic minimalism. So the primary colors and punctuations of cutout, peek-through silhouettes felt like active yet polite refusals to be boxed in.

And fashion loved it all. His swirling, dynamic riffs on classic uptown prep and sporty stripes—set most memorably to a version of Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams”—were strong, confident and full of ambition. In other words, exactly what we want and need in 2017.

Nordstrom is excited to offer Calvin Klein’s designer collections by Raf Simons for men and women in the following stores: Downtown Seattle, Fashion Valley (San Diego), Stanford (Palo Alto), Pacific Centre (Vancouver) and Yorkdale (Toronto). For now, our slideshow presents some of the standout looks.

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—Laura Cassidy

  • Nancy February 16, 2017, 7:38 pm

    I know — you know best!! How pathetic!!!!!

  • Toni Garrett February 15, 2017, 9:58 pm

    So disappointing that Nordstroms has played right into the hands of the “liberal mob”. Again the liberals have been allowed to play the double standard card. I will continue to support Ivanka and am closing my Nordstroms account.

  • Valerie straith February 15, 2017, 8:45 pm

    Leave politics out of your store. There are myriad choices for shoppers & you need to concentrate on improving your merchandise selections.

  • Paula February 15, 2017, 6:19 pm

    I agree, I will not be shopping at nordstroms any longer, and I had one of the original brown cards from over 40 years ago! Not sure why department stores and Hollywood’s elite who think they know all have to get involved with politics. Just vote and whoever wins try to support our president !! I did not vote for Obama but I kept my mouth shut out of respect, trump needs our support the country is in a mess, divided and so many things wrong in Washington!!

  • RENEE February 14, 2017, 7:19 pm

    So sad that nordstrum is not carrying Ivanka Trump items I do not approve of you inflicting political into my shopping experience and we are not ignorant. Ivankas sales are up 21 percent not buying that one. We in Idaho wish to support Ivanka and her product however it would be best to leave politics OUT of our shopping PLEASE!!!!

    Now you force me to find her products elsewhere to show support!!!

    SHAME ON NORDSTRUMS

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