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2010 April 30

Presentation Report: Calvin Klein Fall 2010

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(NEW YORK) Attention, denim lovers---Calvin Klein's Kevin Carrigan has something new and fabulous to offer you. It's called the X Jean, a riff on the best-selling Body jean that takes the concept of sexy up a notch. It's all about a lower waistband, darts to sculpt the hips, and a seam running up the back of each leg. The colors don't hurt---such as a braided black and gold lurex. The hardware is equally gold---no silver in sight---and the X Jean is best worn with a military-style chambray shirt. "It's my Johnny Cash moment," laughed Carrigan at his Fall presentation this morning at CK's 39th Street headquarters.

In terms of apparel, Carrigan was thinking of "strong, minimal, and powerful" shapes that are governed by stretch. A super-lean sheath is jazzed up with zipper detail, as if it's literally hugging the body. A stretch wool cape is lined ever so discreetly in leather, while a graphic snakeskin sheath made a much louder roar. For the men, narrow suiting reigns supreme, but on the casual side, a bomber jacket (militarized with epaulets and a double collar) is a best-seller-to-be.

On the intimates front, Calvin Klein Underwear is introducing "Envy," a lightweight smattering of lace pieces including the lace triangle bra that turned many young women into CK aficionados back in the '90s. Accessory-wise, quilted handbags, totes, and hobos are jazzed up with heavy hardware and chain handles. Slightly slouchy suede boots and round-toe platform pumps were juxtaposed against the men's transparent lug sole oxfords. It might as well be Fall!
ASHLEY BAKER




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