RUNWAY: Calvin Klein Collection FW15Calvin Klein Collection's Italo Zucchelli took to task the varying wars and socio-political issues prevalent in today's news (Ukraine/Russia, Boko Haram, Ferguson, Missouri, Charlie Hebdo, etc.) and created a collection that was masculine and played on the idea of bulletproof vests. Subtle animal patterns were seen on coats and suits while outerwear and fluid pants, many in technical and plasticized fabrics, were in line with Zucchelli's futuristic vision of CK's runway line. However, the padded clothing was the story.
Tough, muscular men donned these all black outfits, padded to make their silhouettes broader and tougher. Also padded were some of the knits, in grey with white Fair Isle patterns; though, these were admittedly softer but if seen from far away, the men wearing these sweaters aren't ones you'd like to run into on a dark street. Zucchelli can do soft and romantic (remember those cloud printed sweaters?) and he can do cheeky ("Obsession" knit, anyone?) and he can also do serious and he showed that he can do it well with this highly edited and pared back collection.