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Lean & mean: Calvin Klein Collection – Men A/W 2010

February 17, 2010

Calvin Klein Collection - Men Autumn/Winter 2010/2011

Along with over 8,000 people worldwide, I watched the A/W 2010 men’s collection from Calvin Klein Collection online on February 14, 2010. I took it as a Valentine to all those who appreciate minimalist design.

Lean and mean for everyday

I love the sheer lean, sharp, serious quality to this collection. GQ’s review is on target when it describes the collection as “crisp, angular, and authoritative as hell”. The futuristic element that Italo Zucchelli has introduced to the men’s line is still present. But this time, it’s more integrated into a real world sensibility without losing its éclat, or spark, as they’d say in French.

Pieces on the wishlist

While much of the construction was quite attractive, these are the favorites of Kaila Hawai’i.

Calvin Klein Collection - Men Autumn/Winter 2010/2011

Iron Cuoio Two Button Sport Jacket | Bonded Plongee Leather/Ribbed Merino Jacket

Calvin Klein Collection - Men Autumn/Winter 2010-2011

Ottoman Rib Hooded Sweater, espcially in cloud white.

Calvin Klein Collection - Men Autumn/Winter 2010/2011

Onyx Rubber Overcoat and the Bonded Sueded/Denim Engineered Pant

Details on all looks at Calvin Klein Collection – Men Fall 2010 lookbook.

(All photos – Source: GQ | Photo: Andrew Thomas)

The aesthetics of walking

One small change I noticed happily was the overall change in model’s walk from the Spring 2010 showing. Gone was the stiff gait that dominated much of the Spring collection’s appearance. Aside from Mr. David Agbodji-see more and less of him here-very few of the men seemed to have mastered the “back from the future” walk that the house was going for with that presentation. On this outing, the men opted for a more direct, boldly confident stride that had an almost militaristic quality at times. (A few did have an odd robotic quality with how they took corners. )

A touch of Grace?

Calvin Klein Collection - Men Autumn/Winter 2010/2011

(Source: GQ | Photo: Andrew Thomas)

Is it me or does Mr. Agbodji’s appearance seem to be referencing Grace Jones?  The cut of his hair and the sharp blazers are reminiscent of Ms. Jones on her 1981 album Nightclubbing.

Grace Jones - Nightclubbing - 1981

The soundtrack

The sound of the collection is built around various around a them, well, remixes that is. The sound design integrates several different mixes of “Basic Space” by up-and-coming Brit band The XX.

  • Basic Space – Jamie xx Mix
  • Basic Space – Mount Kimbie/Diskjokke remixes
  • Basic Space (Astronomer remix)
  • Basic Space (M.A.T.H.E.S remix)

Here’s the original version in the slick video by directed by Anthony Dickinson.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Erika Comrie permalink
    February 17, 2010 3:13 pm

    I never get tired of the beauty of clean lines and a smooth fit. He does it every time.

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