Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein is not for the faint hearted. This was no red carpet they walked on, this was a bloody good runway – the blood of victims. The glistening, glimmering, shimmering sea was the backdrop for a Jaws themed SS19 collection. Gotta love a shark focused collection for our holiday by the beach. Aware and alert. This was a new Calvin Klein for Raf. The new Americana is outta there and the barn is no more – this was Raf, evolved, polished, unexpected, exciting. The pounding ultra-sounding heartbeat was distorted with those popping synths, the pace and thud of the fear in your ears – John Williams theme style. But about those clothes. It felt super vintage, neoprene was scuba slicked to the skin and animal prints were roaring on folded over skirts and Life Aquatic little red beanies. It was Calvin Klein classy with those to the knee deconstructed shift dress with mishmashes of sewn down pleat and rosettes. Embellished brooches held them in place, shiny reflecting the ocean. Knife pleated skirts were chomped into and worn with knitted vests and jumpers – classic Raf. And then they wore graduation caps. Coming of age? They clever. Raf is our Chief and it all happens on Amity Island. We like this world.
by Roxy Lola
Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans