Raf Simons was only hired as Calvin Klein's chief creative officer in August of 2016, but in the short time since, he's made several significant changes. He designed a brand new logo, did away with the Instagirl and A-list celebrity-laden ad campaigns, he debuted a made-to-measure service called Calvin Klein By Appointment (something that surely pleased his former Dior Couture clientele) and even went so far as to do away with the name Calvin Klein Collection, instead calling his luxury ready-to-wear line CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC. Though Simons is a well-loved industry figure who's frequently lauded for his genius — particularly in the menswear world — he can't completely disregard the iconic roots of the American fashion house. So, despite the strides he's made to put his own stamp on the brand, it's nice to see his team pay tribute to what came before them.
This boyfriend sweatshirt recently caught my eye for its oversize, drop-shoulder silhouette, and because cozy pieces like these are my go-to uniform for fall. But what really sold me was the tiny appliquéd patch on the chest that's a clear reference to former Calvin Klein model Brooke Shields — particularly her famous Calvin Klein Jeans ad from 1980, which she shot when she was just 15 years old. The sexiness of it all sparked controversy back in the day, but nearly 40 years later, it's still one of the most memorable campaigns of all time. Plus, the OG supermodels are back in the spotlight, and I for one am going to do everything in my power to help keep them there — starting with wearing this sweatshirt all season long.
CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC appliquéd sweatshirt, $240, available at Net-A-Porter.
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