It was fashion week Hong Kong style last week, with many designers and events taking over the city. One of the highlights was the launch of Calvin Klein’s Platinum label (which is the brand’s new bridge line, formerly known as “ck Calvin Klein”).
To celebrate the Asian launch, a runway show was held at Shaw Film Studios featuring the spring/summer 2014 collection for men and women. It was quite the production with models flown in from all over the world (Liu Wen and Soo Joo Park took to the runway) while global creative director Kevin Carrigan also attended.
I have always been a huge fan of Calvin Klein thanks to its chic, urban look so I was curious to see what this new collection would look like. As expected it featured the brand signature minimalist silhouettes with a sporty edge. Interestingly the fabrics seemed a lot more sophisticated and innovative (and are mainly sourced from Japan and Italy), which brings the line closer to the main collection which is designed by Francisco Costa. The brand has yet to confirm the price point but judging from what I saw on the runways, I am sure it will be slightly more expensive than ck Calvin Klein thanks to the high quality.
So what can you from the women’s line? The silhouettes are pared down and simple, with sporty classics with a twist from rounded shoulder sweatshirts to loose tank tops. The colour palette is light, with soft tones of blush and pink, injected with futuristic platinum and gold. Of course it was the materials that really shone. Natural fibres were combined with technical materials as seen in the grey sweatshirt bonded with leather, shiny pleated skirts and the fluid slip dress cut with asymmetric seams that moulded to the body.
For men it was all about urban separates from the slouchy trousers to tailored shorts and blazers given the shine treatment. I really loved the bags for women, including a compact envelope clutch with black paint detailing.
The collection will be launched in Asia early next year, followed by Europe.