Lean & mean: Calvin Klein Collection – Men A/W 2010
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.
Iron Cuoio Two Button Sport Jacket | Bonded Plongee Leather/Ribbed Merino Jacket
Ottoman Rib Hooded Sweater, espcially in cloud white.
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?
(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.
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.