We all have to grow up some day, so what happens when the famed, longtime fashion character of the mod-hippie girl becomes a woman? Thanks to Francesco Costa and his swingy, sultry Fall ’15 work for Calvin Klein Collection, we have our answer. Happily, the newly polished bohemian has a keenly edited eye – all thanks to Costa and his unwaveringly chic sensibilities.
With a preference for clean, quietly lavish furs; semi-slinky silhouettes; and a palette of dark, restrained colors, this is as lean and mean as free-spirited style gets. Frayed edges breathing wild vulnerability into the knits, clingy leather leggings, tiers and bands of fur, paneled shift dresses, leather-blocked patchwork, leather-trimmed zipper accents, and gleaming full-circle metal closures and embellishments: the Klein girl has had a rock ‘n’ roll epiphany without losing her essentially minimalist mood and pared-down aesthetic.
Costa is also imbuing a new mood into the crossbody bag. With chunky, hardware-heavy straps, the links reminiscent of bike-lock chains, the house’s curved messenger bags are as statement-making as an anti-kitsch accessory can get. They make the ideal complement to a pair of go-go boots that put the mod in modern and a freewheeling yet unflinchingly refined attitude. Which is what the Calvin Klein customer – and I – will be all about come fall.