For his 2014 resort collection, Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa remained fascinated with putting a new spin on that modern minimalism, the style that’s so synonymous with the Calvin Klein aesthetic. Fitting, as the designer has just collaborated with famed minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly to reinterpret a color block dress the artist created in 1952. It seems Costa’s work with Kelly has inspired this latest, distinctly cerebral collection.
Case in point: Resort 2014′s belt-bound outerwear pursued a hard, clinical edge flirting provocatively with the detailing of strait jackets. The look wasn’t about restriction though; roomy pieces were cut in generous architectural proportions (and often styled with belts and buckles left hanging). The look was about “the body” pushing effortlessly past sartorial precision, as evidenced by the assortment’s centralization of the abdomen as a key erogenous zone (paleo, here we go). The collection built this focus via a crop-top story that varied from a sports-bra-inspired halter to a long-sleeved, cropped sweater.
What did they all have in common? An undeniably frank torso-exposure that–coupled with Costa’s trouser-slung skirts and pants–demanded an undeniably frank body-confidence; the exact sort of confidence that many like Rihanna, Beyonce, and Miley Cyrus have been owning lately, baring their midriffs both on red carpets and during “r&r” time alike.
On the softer side of things, easy light-weight dresses (cut at midi length) could have walked right off the runway into the office. Styled with a platformed version of the cross-strapped “mandle” we’ve been seeing this season, these dresses took all the tricky guess-work out of going to work and going out afterword.
And so we crunch our way to bra-top-worthy abs…