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CALVINKLEIN205W39NYC's Pre-Spring 2019 Collection: American Youth

Raf Simons' new creations explore college style

CALVINKLEIN205W39NYC's Pre-Spring 2019 Collection: American Youth  Raf Simons' new creations explore college style

Raf Simons continues to explore the style of young Americans.

This time for the CALVINKLEIN205W39NYC Pre-Spring 2019 collection, the Belgian designer explores and reworks the aesthethic codes of sisterhoods and confraternities.  The result is a series of garments that mix knitwear with sportswear, tailoring and are all about group sports and proms. 

The silhouettes range from the most slim to the most comfortable; the colors are bright, a lively palette taken from Technicolor films, Pop art and the architecture of the Googie diners; while the patterns are classic: polka dots, tie-dye, stripes.

The key pieces of the collection? The turtleneck sweaters are stretched to become an evening dress, quilted jackets created from old sleeping bags, scuba diving and water sports equipment that become slim pants and cabans.

The accessories are inspired by the universe of sports events and equipment, with shoes and bags inspired by various sports such as bowling, baseball, basketball and football. 

A fun fact: for the Pre-Spring 2019, CALVINKLEIN205W39NYC has partnered with the University of California, Berkeley and Yale University. Logos and symbols of these two universities are decontextualized and used on clothes and accessories in a real ode to the American aesthetic language.

Check out the best items of the collection here: