Classic Calvin Klein… or just boring Cut-price line for Macy's divides opinion
23:26 GMT, 11 May 2012
Calvin Klein's collaboration with Macy's, on sale May 15, has divided opinion on its sartorial success.
While many believe the all-dress collection embodies the clean-lined minimalism the label is known for, others have been left extremely disappointed.
Accusing designer Francisco Costa of being 'boring', some customers and critics, who had high expectations, have stated they don't 'get' the line; however others are rejoicing at the throw-on-and-go pieces.
Spring clean: The all-dress collection, on sale May
15, embodies the simple, clean-lined minimalism Calvin Klein's designer
Francisco Costa has become so well known for
Rachael Wang, fashion editor at Glamour magazine, said: 'Francisco’s designs for Calvin Klein are sleek, clean and minimal and his collection for Macy’s clearly retains that aesthetic.
'I don’t see any cause for surprise or let down,' she added. 'I would imagine individuals who celebrate his vision are pleasantly pleased with the wear-ability of the line and those who are bored by minimalism, will be bored by this Macy’s collaboration.'
Finding a simple, no-frills, little black dress (or little white dress), is harder than one might imagine.
The retail market is over-saturated with clothes full of too-much detail – especially within the $135-$180 price range, of which the Francisco Costa For Calvin Klein line sits.
Well-priced: Prices from $135 to $180, and the line is part of the Macy's spring 'A Magical Journey to Brasil'
Monochrome magic: Simple black and white dresses in the collection are a blessing for women who want no-fuss sophisticated staples, without the designer price tag
frills, feathers, uneven hemlines, unsightly buttons and sequins all
amount to brick-and-mortar visual pollution, with pieces that many wish
were just a little bit simpler.
Using just two fabrics, crepe and
viscose jersey, in a subdued colour palette of black, white, steel grey
and pale yellow, the classic dresses are the kind of effortlessly sophisticated staple items
every woman should own.
Polished without trying too hard, the
collection is perfect for professional women in search of styles
suitable for the office environment – without the designer price tag.
King of classic: Designer Francisco Costa brought his effortlessly sophisticated Calvin Klein aesthetic to the Macy's diffusion line
However it also speaks to young-twenty somethings who crave summer simplicity with the
cute cap-sleeve T-shirt dresses.
Using the clean lines and shapes of Brazilian modern architecture, Mr Costa drew inspiration from its spaces and structures, and the result is dresses that possess a fresh and contemporary, yet timeless appeal.
While people usually equate Brazil with a lot of vibrant color and festive celebrations, the town Mr Costa grew up in, Minas Gerais, values a more natural, organic and monochromatic aesthetic which is evident in his designs.
Ray Siegel, online fashion editor at Lucky magazine, explained that while little black dresses have a tendency to look boring, it is the attention to detail that elevates these plain dresses out of boringdom.
She told MailOnline: 'The thing that makes this line special is that the details that make minimalism so chic have not been ignored, which seems to happen really easily when designing a diffusion line.'
She added: 'The Calvin Klein stamp is obvious.'
The Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein collection hits Macy's stores and Macys.com, starting May 15.
Prices range from $135 to $180. The line is part of the retailer's 'A Magical Journey to Brasil' Spring initiative.