Fans of Francisco Costa’s chic, unfussy minimalism, for whom Calvin Klein Collection is a little out of reach, price-wise, rejoice: The designer’s limited edition capsule collection for Macy’s hits stores next Tuesday, May 15. We just got to get up close and personal with the collection of dresses and can confirm that it’s very chic and very affordable: prices range from $135-$180.
Costa, a Brazil native, designed the collection for Macy’s “A Magical Journey to Brazil” campaign. Thus, Costa looked to his Brazilian roots for inspiration–specifically, Brazilian architecture. A photo of the sunset hitting pavement, Costa told us, inspired the color palette. The subdued colors and sharp lines meshed well with Costa’s minimalist aesthetic–though, like most “minimalist” designers, he doesn’t consider himself a minimalist, but rather, “reductionist.”
“I’m more interested in cleanliness,” he explained. “The cleaner it is, the more relevant it is.” The Macy’s collection is definitely very clean. There is nary an unsightly zipper or button to be found. In fact, one dress has no fastener whatsoever and can be put on simply by wrapping it around your body and putting your arms through spaghetti strap armholes.
It’s Costa’s first foray into the mass produced diffusion line arena, and he told us the design and production process was a little different. For example, he’s used to fitting on a size two and for this he had to fit on a “real shape,” whatever that means. It was also “different” having everything produced overseas.
While lower-priced designer collections can be hit or miss, we think this one is a hit because it’s unmistakably Costa and doesn’t seem to sacrifice design or fit. So, might Costa be willing to do something like this again for us Costa fans on a budget after this collection sells out (which will be fast)? “Yeah, why not,” he said. That’s good enough for us. Click through to see the full collection.